Augustus Henry Fitzroy
Duke of Grafton

An interesting figure who got tied up with dealing with the thirteen colonies and a highly complicated personal life. He stepped in after Pitt the Elder became too ill to continue as PM. With regards to America, he believed that all duties on the colonies should be removed - except on tea.

Grafton attracted scandal for his indiscreet personal life and love of pleasure, but his career was saved by his wife's own indiscretions, which allowed him to divorce her. Demoralised by personal attacks published in newspapers about him, he resigned in 1770.


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