Who was the third president in Great Britain?

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Great Britain calls their political leader a prime minister, rather than a president.  Today, the prime minister performs similar duties to a president.  

Sir Robert Walpole is considered the first prime minister of Britain by most.  He served as the First Lord of the Treasury in the 1700s.  Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, is considered to be the second prime minister of Britain.  At this time, the person who held the role of prime minister was more of a figurehead.

For those who consider Sir Robert Walpole and Spencer Compton to be the first and second prime ministers of Britain, Henry Pelham is the third.  Henry Pelham was financially minded.  Under his leadership, Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar.  Jewish people were also permitted to become naturalized under Pelham's time as prime minister.

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