Walpole(redirected from Walpole, Sir Robert, 1st Earl of Orford)
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Walpole,industrial town (1990 pop. 20,212), Norfolk co., E Mass., SW of Boston; settled 1659, inc. 1724. Machinery, trailers, fences, and roofing are the chief manufactures. Walpole is the site of a state prison.
1. Horace, 4th Earl of Orford. 1717--97, British writer, noted for his letters and for his delight in the Gothic, as seen in his house Strawberry Hill and his novel The Castle of Otranto (1764)
2. Sir Hugh (Seymour). 1884--1941, British novelist, born in New Zealand: best known for The Herries Chronicle (1930--33), a sequence of historical novels set in the Lake District
3. Sir Robert, 1st Earl of Orford, father of Horace Walpole. 1676--1745, English Whig statesman. As first lord of the Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1721--42) he was effectively Britain's first prime minister