Conway, Henry Seymour

Conway, Henry Seymour,

1721–95, English soldier and politician; nephew of Robert Walpole. Early in his life he entered upon concurrent and distinguished military and parliamentary careers. He fell into disfavor with George III for defending John WilkesWilkes, John,
1727–97, English politician and journalist. He studied at the Univ. of Leiden, returned to England in 1746, and purchased (1757) a seat in Parliament.
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 and was dismissed (1764) from his commands. He served (1765–68) as a secretary of state and voiced his dislike of the Stamp ActStamp Act,
1765, revenue law passed by the British Parliament during the ministry of George Grenville. The first direct tax to be levied on the American colonies, it required that all newspapers, pamphlets, legal documents, commercial bills, advertisements, and other papers
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. In 1782 he helped bring about Lord North's resignation for his handling of the struggle with the North American colonies.
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