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Henry Grenville

Henry Grenville (11 September 1717 – 22 April 1784)[1] was a British diplomat and politician.

Grenville was the son of Richart Grenville born into a family of politicians, one of his elder brothers was Earl Temple, another a government minister, another was Lord of Trade and Cofferer of the Household, while another brother George Grenville rose to become Chancellor of the Exchequer of William Pitt and then Prime Minister himself 1763–1765. In the 1768 general election Henry Grenville was elected to parliament for the constituency of Buckingham on George Grenville's slate.

Henry Grenville was Governor of Barbados from 1746 and British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople from 1762 to 1765, during the reign of Sultan Mustafa III.

He returned to England in 1765 to become Commissioner of Customs before retiring to Bath, where he died in 1784.

His daughter Louisa married the statesman and scientist Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope.

He was also MP for Bishop's Castle from 1759 to 1761.[1]



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