Robert Banks Jenkinson, later to be second Earl of Liverpool and Prime Minister of Britain, was born on 7 June 1770. His father, Charles Jenkinson, was a well-known politician and a gifted administrator who held several governmental posts during his career, though he never attained Cabinet rank. Both Charles Jenkinson and his wife were members of younger branches of county families and lacked private fortunes of their own, but the circumstances of eighteenth-century political life made the holding of governmental posts a profitable business and the Jenkinson family was never hampered by lack of money. Charles, like his son, had an aptitude for winning the goodwill of those in authority, a characteristic which earned for him the liking of George III and a measure of dislike from less adaptable politicians.
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