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Perceval, Spencer

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Date: 1828-1830

Perceval, Spencer

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Spencer Perceval was born in 1795 and was the son of the Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval, who was assassinated in 1812.

Possibly as part of the wave of sympathy that followed his father’s assassination, Perceval was made Teller of the Exchequer, a role he held until 1834. Perceval followed his father into politics, but was seen as unreliable by many. This led to some surprise at his appointment as Clerk of the Ordnance in 1828. He lost his appointment in 1830 when the Wellington ministry fell.

After 1832 Perceval stepped down as an MP and focused on his passion for religion. He died in Dorset in 1859.

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