Which U.S. city is named after a British Prime Minister?
Pittsburgh was named in 1758 in honor of the British statesman and Prime Minister William Pitt. After British forces captured Fort Duquesne from the French during the Seven Years War, British General John Forbes named the city in honor of England’s Prime Minister at the time, William Pitt. It was Pitt who devised the military strategy that enabled Britain to beat the French in this region. The earliest known reference to the new name of the settlement is in a letter sent from General Forbes to William Pitt dated November 27, 1758, notifying Pitt the honor they bestowed on him.
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