What is the historical significance of George Grenville?
George Grenville (1712 -1770) was an English politician. He entered Parliament in 1741, held a number of ministerial appointments, then served as prime minister (1763 - 65).
His policy of taxing the American colonies, initiated by his
Revenue Act of 1764 and the Stamp Act of 1765, started the train of
events leading to the American Revolution. He was unpopular for the
prosecution of John Wilkes for seditious libel. His clumsy handling
of the Regency Act of 1765 alienated George III and led to the fall
of his ministry. In opposition thereafter, Grenville helped bring
about the passage of the Townshend Acts (1767), which further
angered the Americans.