First Townshend ministry
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Lord Townshend was appointed Secretary of State for the Northern Department by King George I in September 1714, forming the first Townshend ministry (Terry 1908). 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.