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William Whitehead
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    (1715-April 14, 1785)
    Born in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
    Wrote the plays ‘The Roman Father’ (1750), ‘Creusa, Queen of Athens’ (1754), ‘The School for Lovers’ (1762) and ‘The Trip to Scotland’ (1770)
    Poet Laureate (1757-85)
    He only became poet laureate because Thomas Gray turned it down.
    Poet Charles Churchill called him ‘the heir of Dullness and Method.’
    He had a sense of humor about his limits as a poet, writing a comedic verse, ‘A Pathetic Apology for All Laureates, Past, Present and to Come.’
    Despite having been a political appointee, he felt the poet laureate should rise above court and party divisions and address the ‘spirit of England.’

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