The Septennial Act of 1716

  title={The Septennial Act of 1716},
  author={Owen C. Lease},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={42 - 47}
  • Owen C. Lease
  • Published 1950
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Modern History
THE passage of the Septennial Act in May 17I6 gave the Whig party a new lease on life. By its provisions the tenure of the parliament then sitting and of all future parliaments was extended to seven years. The four-year postponement of the election of 1718 was extremely beneficial because it allowed the Whigs to consolidate their position before facing the electorate. Easy passage of the act through parliament was assured by the overwhelming Whig majority gained in the election of 1715 and by… Expand
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