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Pulteney, William (1682-1764), the opponent of Walpole, entered the House of Commons as a Whig in 1705, On the accession of George I. he became a Secretary of State, but in 1717 went out of office with Walpole. When the latter became Premier, he was offered a peerage, but no office, and after a short time joined the Opposition against him. To his eloquence and skill as a writer Walpole's fall was largely due; but Pulteney felt himself unable to take his rival's place, and contented himself with the title of Earl of Bath. In 1746 he (with Carteret) attempted, but failed, to form a ministry.