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King William IV
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    (August 21, 1765-June 26, 1837)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Third son of King George III
    Younger brother of King George IV
    King of Great Britain and Ireland (1830-37)
    Succeeded by his niece, Queen Victoria
    Nicknamed ‘the Sailor King’
    During a drunken revel in Barbados, he and his cronies caused 700 pounds worth of damage to a brothel.
    He had ten children out of wedlock with actress Dorothea Jordan.
    He was estranged from his eldest son, who refused to visit when he was on his deathbed.
    He spoke out against the abolition of slavery, saying freedom would do the slaves little good.
    While serving with the Royal Navy in the United States during the American Revolution, he was the target of a foiled kidnapping plot.
    When he finally did marry, he was faithful to his wife.
    As Lord High Admiral, he abolished the cat o’ nine tails for offenses other than mutiny, required regular readiness reports for each ship, and commissioned the Royal Navy’s first steamship.
    As monarch, he discouraged pomp and ceremony.

Credit: C. Fishel


    In 2018, Out of 34 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 49 Votes: 55.10% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 8 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
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    In 2014, Out of 31 Votes: 51.61% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 88 Votes: 57.95% Annoying
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    In 2009, Out of 60 Votes: 73.33% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 32 Votes: 59.38% Annoying
 
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