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Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, was appointed Secretary of State for the Northern Department by George I of Great Britain in September 1714. He was the de facto leader of this Whig administration as Northern Secretary until 1717, when he was demoted to Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in favour of the first Stanhope–Sunderland ministry, after being outmanoeuvered by his rival Whigs. This Whig Split would last until 1720.
- Robert Walpole served as both First Lord of the Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1715 and 1717.
- While serving as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1714–1717), Lord Sunderland additionally served as Lord Privy Seal between 1715 and 1716.
- Terry, Benjamin Stites (1908). "First Era of Whig Rule". A History of England from the Earliest Times to the Death of Queen Victoria. Chicago: Scott, Foresman and Company. OL 14012649M.
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First Stanhope–Sunderland ministry