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Spencer Compton
Earl of Wilmington

Wilmington, as he was known, served as prime minister from January 1742 to July 1743 in an administration that was dominated by Carteret, a rival of Walpole's.

George II, after ascending to the throne had attempted to install Wilmington as a replacement for Walpole. He gave up the idea for two reasons. The Queen opposed it and Wilmington was incompetent.


1742 - The first indoor swimming pool opened in London.
1743 - (June) George II defeated the French in the Battle of Dettingen. This was the last time a British king would lead troops into battle.

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