Definition of Robert Walpole from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Robert Walpole

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(1676-1745) a British Whig politician who was Britain's first prime minister (1715-17 and 1721-42). He also served the longest time of any prime minister and was the first to live at Number Ten, Downing Street. His periods in power were times of peace and economic success for the country, although Walpole himself was accused of dishonest behaviour in government. He was made an earl in 1742.