George I was born on May 28, 1660, in Osnabrück, Hanover to the elector of Hanover. He succeeded his father in 1697. When his mother, the granddaughter of King James I of England, died, he inherited the throne. He was part of the Whig Party, but was not popular in England. He forged an alliance with France, but narrowly escaped disgrace for questionable investments. He died of a stroke in 1727.
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