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James Craggs the Younger

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James Cragg the Younger (9 April 1686 - 16 February 1721), son of James Cragg the Elder, was born at Westminster. Part of his early life was spent abroad, where he made the acquaintance of George Louis, Elector of Hanover, afterwards King George I. In 1713 he became member of parliament for Tregoney, in 1717 Secretary at War, and in the following year Secretary of State for the Southern Department. Craggs was implicated in the South Sea Bubble, but not so deeply as his father, whom he predeceased, dying on 16 February 1721. Among Craggs's friends were Alexander Pope, who wrote the epitaph on his monument in Westminster Abbey, Joseph Addison, and John Gay.


Preceded by:
William Pulteney
Secretary at War
1717–1718
Succeeded by:
The Viscount Castlecomer
Preceded by:
Joseph Addison
Secretary of State for the Southern Department
1718–1721
Succeeded by:
The Lord Carteret

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