- NAME: Charles Townshend
- OCCUPATION: Political Leader
- BIRTH DATE: April 18, 1675
- DEATH DATE: June 21, 1738
- EDUCATION: University of Cambridge, King's College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
- PLACE OF DEATH: Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
- Nickname: "Turnip Townshend"
- AKA: Charles Townshend
- Full Name: Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend of Raynham
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Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend of Raynham, was an 18th century British secretary of state who became known as "Turnip Townshend" for his agricultural innovations.
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Born at the Raynham Hall estate in Norfolk, England, on April 18, 1675, Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend of Raynham, was a British Wing statesman who served as viscount and then King George I's secretary of state. He was switched to the position of Ireland's lord-lieutenant after political conflict and went on to form a separate Whig party group. He also helped establish the League of Hanover. As a farmer, Townshend became known as "Turnip Townshend." He died at Raynham Hall on June 21, 1738.
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