North, Lord Frederick (1732-1792)

British politician and statesman.

Held a seat in the House of Commons (1754-90). Became first lord of the Treasury and first minister; refused the title of prime minister (1770).

Known for his indecision, a trait which did not serve him well as the leader of the British government during the American Revolution. His administration collapsed in 1782.

Succeeded his father as Earl of Guilford (1790).

Born in London. Married in 1756 to Anne Speke; had issue.