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Amherst, William Pitt

Born: 1773 AD
Died: 1857 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Governor General

1773 – Born on January 14th in Bath, Somerset, England. The son of Lieutenant-General William Amherst and nephew and heir to Lord Jeffery Amherst, self-styled first governor general of British North America.

1797 – Amherst inherited the baronial title of his uncle Jeffrey Amherst.

1809-1811 – Served as British envoy at the court of Naples.

1816 – He was sent to Peking, China after serving as British envoy at the court of Naples.

1823-1828 – Appointed as British governor-general of India.

         – He conducted a successful war against the King of Burma.

1835 – He was gazetted governor general of Canada on April 1st on the nomination of British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel.

         – Played a central role in the acquisition of Asian territory for the British Empire after the First Burmese War.

1857 – Died on March 13th in Knole, Kent.