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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), Field Marshal and Prime Minister

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The most famous soldier and statesman of his day, Wellington's early victories were in India and the Spanish Peninsula. In 1815, he was hailed as the man who finally achieved the peace of nations when he led the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He later became leader of the Tory party and as Prime Minister, from 1828-1830, he carried an important if controversial act that allowed Catholic emancipation in Britain. However, he was vigorously opposed to the recasting of electoral boroughs that led to the reform of the House of Commons and the slow spread of democracy.

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