Perceval, Spencer

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Perceval, Spencer

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(born Nov. 1, 1762, London, Eng.—died May 11, 1812, London) British prime minister (1809–12). He entered Parliament in 1796 and supported William Pitt's policy of war with France. He served as attorney general (1802–06) and as chancellor of the Exchequer (1807–09). As premier from 1809, he was noted as an efficient administrator but also for his opposition to religious tolerance. He was assassinated by a deranged man who had applied to him for redress of a complaint against the government.

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