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Born 28 May 1759: William Pitt the Younger

William Pitt, the Younger, a dominant figure in British politics, was born on May 28th, 1759, at Hayes Place in Kent, England. Son of the renowned statesman William Pitt the Elder, he entered Parliament at the remarkably young age of 21. Despite his youth, Pitt quickly established himself as a brilliant orator and astute politician. Rising to the position of Prime Minister in 1783 at the tender age of 24, he became the youngest person to ever hold the office.

Pitt the Younger’s tenure as Prime Minister was marked by triumph and struggle. He oversaw significant economic reforms and guided Britain through the Napoleonic Wars. However, the strain of leadership and the ultimately unsuccessful fight against Napoleon took a toll. William Pitt the Younger died in office on January 23rd, 1806, at the age of 46. The exact cause of death remains unclear, though exhaustion and illness are believed to be contributing factors.

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