First Townshend ministry
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Lord Townshend was appointed Secretary of State for the Northern Department by King George I in September 1714, forming the first Townshend ministry (Terry 1908). He was the de facto leader of this Whig administration as Northern Secretary until 1717, when he was demoted to Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in favour of the first Stanhope–Sunderland ministry after being outmanoeuvered by his rival Whigs. This Whig Split last until 1720.
- Terry, Benjamin Stites (1908). "First Era of Whig Rule". A History of England from the Earliest Times to the Death of Queen Victoria. Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Company. OL 14012649M.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
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First Stanhope–Sunderland ministry