Carteret ministry

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The Carteret ministry was the ministry that was in office between 1742 and 1744 following the defeat of Sir Robert Walpole's ministry by a margin of 1 vote.[1] At the head of the ministry was Spencer Crompton, The first Earl of Wilmington until his death in 1743. He was succeded at the role of prime minister by Henry Pelham.

The ministry derived its name from John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville. He was the secretary of state and somebody on whom the respective prime ministers were dependent on for support.

List of ministers[edit]

Office Name Date
Prime Minister
First Lord of the Treasury
The Earl of Wilmington 16 February 1742 –
 2 July 1743
Henry Pelham 1743 – 1744
Lord Chancellor The Lord Hardwicke 1742 – 1744
Lord President of the Council The Earl of Harrington 1742 – 1744
Lord Privy Seal The Lord Gower 1742 – 1743
The Earl of Cholmondeley 1743 – 1744
Northern Secretary John Cateret, 2nd Earl Granville 1742 – 1744
Southern Secretary The Duke of Newcastle 1742 – 1743
Chancellor of the Exchequer Samuel Sandys 1742 – 1743
Henry Pelham 1743 – 1744
Master-General of the Ordnance The Duke of Montagu 1742 – 1743
Secretary at War Thomas Winnington 1741 – 1744
First Lord of the Admiralty The Earl of Winchilsea 1742 – 1744
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster The Earl of Cholmondeley 1742 – 1743
The Lord Edgcumbe 1743 – 1744
Paymaster of the Forces Henry Pelham 1742 – 1743
Thomas Winnington 1743 – 1744
  • Henry Pelham, who had been Paymaster of the Forces, became First Lord of the Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1743; he would continue to exercise those offices well into the next decade, as head of the first and second Pelham ministries.


  1. ^ "III. The Second Whig Opposition, 1722-42 History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  • Venning, T. (2005). Compendium of British Office Holders. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p.104.

Preceded by
Walpole ministry
Government of Great Britain
1742 – 1744
Succeeded by
First Pelham ministry