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William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

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William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, PC (22 March 1684  7 July 1764) was a British Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1707 to 1742, when he was created the first Earl of Bath by King George II.

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The Earl of Bath
Earl of Bath, 1761, by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Prime Minister of Great Britain
In office
10 February 1746  12 February 1746
MonarchGeorge II
Preceded byHenry Pelham
Succeeded byHenry Pelham
Secretary at War
In office
MonarchGeorge I
Preceded byFrancis Gwyn
Succeeded byJames Craggs the Younger
Personal details
William Pulteney

(1684-03-22)22 March 1684
Leicestershire, England
Died7 July 1764(1764-07-07) (aged 80)
Resting placeWestminster Abbey
Political partyWhig
Anna Maria Gumley
(m. 1714; died 1758)
ChildrenWilliam Pulteney, Viscount Pulteney
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
CabinetShort-lived ministry
Arms of Pulteney: Argent, a fess dancettée gules in chief three leopard's faces sable[citation needed]

Bath is sometimes stated to have been First Lord of the Treasury and British prime minister, for the shortest term ever (two days) in 1746, although most modern sources do not consider him to have held the office.