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Thomas Grenville PC (31 December 1755 – 17 December 1846) was a Britishmarker politician and bibliophile.

Background and education

Grenville was the second son of Prime Minister George Grenville and Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Baronet. George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham, was his elder brother and William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, his younger brother. He was educated at Etonmarker.


In 1778, he was commissioned ensign in the Coldstream Guards and in 1779 promoted a lieutenant in the 80th Regiment of Foot, but resigned his commission in 1780. He was, with one interval, a member of parliament from 1780 to 1810, and for a few months during 1806 and 1807 President of the Board of Control (1806) and then First Lord of the Admiralty (1806-1807), but is perhaps more famous as a book-collector than as a statesman; he bequeathed his large and valuable library to the British Museummarker. In 1798, he was sworn of the Privy Council.

Personal life

Grenville died at Piccadillymarker, Londonmarker, in December 1846, aged 90. He never married.

Styles from birth to death

  • Mr. Thomas Grenville (1755-1779)
  • Mr. Thomas Grenville, MP (1779-1784)
  • Mr. Thomas Grenville (1784-1790)
  • Mr. Thomas Grenville, MP (1790-1798)
  • The Rt. Hon. Thomas Grenville, MP (1798-1810)
  • The Rt. Hon. Thomas Grenville (1810-1813)
  • The Rt. Hon. Thomas Grenville, MP (1813-1818)
  • The Rt. Hon. Thomas Grenville (1818-1846)

External links


  • British Historical Facts 1760-1830, by Chris Cook and John Stevenson (The Macmillan Press 1980)

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