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William Legge (1731-1801)

William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, was educated at Westminster School and Oxford.

He occupied several important political positions including President of the Board of Trade and Secretary of State for the Colonies, in which capacity he played a major role in the American War of Independence.

He apparently possessed little administrative ability but was admired for his honest and amiable nature.

A close friend of the Countess of Huntingdon, his strong attachment to the Methodists earned him the nickname 'The Psalmsinger'.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography

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