William Gerard Hamilton

1729-1796; ‘Single Speech Hamilton, grandson of William Hamilton (d.1724), ed. Winchester and Oriel Coll., Oxford; Lincoln’s Inn, 1744; celebrated maiden speech for Peterborough, 1755; commissioner of trade, 1756; MP Pontefract, 1761; Kilebegs, Irish Parliament, 1761-68; chief sec. for Ireland, 1761-64; chancellor of Irish exchequer, 1763-84; obtained but subsequently appropriated pension for Edmund Burke, his private secretary; MP Old Sarum, 1768; Wareham, 1774; Wilton, 1780; Haslemere, 1790; suspected author of Letters of Junius [but not]; works published posthumously, ed. Edmund Malone, as Parliamentary Logick [1769]. ODNB

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