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Arthur Wellesley
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    (May 1, 1769-September 14, 1852)
    Son of the first Earl of Mornington
    Saw combat in the Netherlands, India, Portugal, Spain, the Pyrenees, and Belgium
    Named first Duke of Wellington in 1814
    Defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815
    Commander-in-Chief of the British Army (1827-1828, 1842-1852)
    Conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain (1828-1830)
    Known as 'the Beau,' 'Old Nosey' and 'the Iron Duke'
    He was a snob.
    He sneered at his Irish origins, saying: 'Being born in a barn does not make someone a horse.'
    He married a woman he didn't love.
    After she died, he became a notorious womanizer.
    He is considered one of Britain's worst prime ministers, and was forced to resign in 1830.
    He didn't have much imagination.
    He was known for carrying boiled eggs around in his pockets.
    He was brave.
    He was kind to children.
    He played the violin.
    His wife was simple-minded, and racked up a lot of debts.
    He advanced through the military ranks very quickly.
    As a military commander, he rarely lost a battle.
    He was modest about his own abilities, and never romanticized warfare.
    The delicious steak dish known as Beef Wellington, is named after him.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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