- Spencer Perceval shot dead 1812
- Arthur James Balfour Prime Minister 1902-1905
Spencer Perceval Shot Dead 1812 as British Prime Minister
On the 11th May 1812, Spencer Perceval, the British Prime Minister was shot dead in the lobby of the House of Commons by John Bellingham, a Liverpool broker with a grievance against the Government.
He was held and a hackney coach was called to take him to Newgate Prison.
Hundreds of people had gathered to jeer and cheer Bellingham and an attempt was made to rescue him from the carriage he was in. This rescue attempt was thwarted by Life Guards who had been sent to deal with the disturbance.
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