First Stanhope–Sunderland Ministry

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Robert Walpole and Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend were removed from their positions in the government (the latter having already previously been demoted to Lord Lieutenant of Ireland), and were replaced by James Stanhope, 1st Viscount Stanhope of Mahon and Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland, who cooperatively led the First Stanhope–Sunderland Ministry. The two Whigs remained in power from 1717 to 1721, although in 1718, Lord Stanhope exchanged positions with Lord Sunderland to form the Second Stanhope–Sunderland Ministry. Upon Lord Stanhope's death, Robert Walpole, widely considered the first true Prime Minister of Great Britain, returned to head the government.

The Ministry[edit]

Office Holder Tenure
First Lord of the Treasury
Chancellor of the Exchequer
The Viscount Stanhope of Mahon 1717–1718
Secretary of State for the Northern Department The Earl of Sunderland 1717–1718
Secretary of State for the Southern Department| Joseph Addison 1717–1718
Lord Chancellor The Lord Cowper 1717–1718
Lord President of the Council The Duke of Devonshire 1717–1718
Lord Privy Seal The Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull 1717–1718
First Lord of the Admiralty The Earl of Berkeley 1717–1718
Master-General of the Ordnance The Duke of Marlborough 1717–1718
Paymaster of the Forces The Earl of Lincoln 1717–1718
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Duke of Bolton 1717–1718
Lord Steward The Duke of Kent 1717–1718
Lord Chamberlain The Duke of Newcastle 1717–1718
Preceded by
Townshend Ministry
Ministry of Great Britain
1717–1718
Succeeded by
Second Stanhope–Sunderland Ministry