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GREENVILLE, George, English statesman, born in England, 14 October, 1712; died there, 13 November, 1770. He was educated at Eton and at Christ Church College, Oxford, where he was distinguished as a mathematician. He was admitted to the bar in 1737, and entered parliament in 1741 as a member for Buckingham, which borough he represented until his death. He was a lord of the admiralty in 1744 ; lord of the treasury in 1747 ; treasurer of the navy and privy-councillor in 1754; leader of the house of commons in 1.761 ; secretary of state and first lord of the admiralty in 1762; and first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer in 1763-'5. He introduced plans for taxing the colonies, and was the author of the famous "Stamp-Act," which was one of the causes of the American Revolution. He published " Considerations on Commerce and Finances " (1767) and " The Present State of the Nation" (1769).--His son, Thomas, born in 1755; died in 1846, was one of the agents employed in negotiating the treaty of peace with the United States in 1782-'3.
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