Henry Addington(redirected from Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth)
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1757–1844, British statesman. He entered Parliament in 1784 and in 1789, through the sponsorship of William Pitt, became speaker of the House of Commons.
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Viscount Sidmouth. Born May 30, 1757; died Feb. 15, 1844. English politician.
Elected to Parliament as a Tory in 1783, Addington was prime minister from 1801 to 1804 and home secretary in the Liverpool government from 1813 to 1821. He sanctioned the bloody massacre at a mass meeting in Manchester on Aug. 16, 1819 (Peterloo). The same year he introduced several emergency laws against freedom of expression, assembly, and the press (the so-called gag acts).