George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

King George III

King of Great Britain


King George III was the King of Great Britain from 1760 to 1820 and reigned over the American Colonies until Independence in 1776. George III supported policies including the Stamp Act and Townshend Acts, which eventually led to the American Revolution.

The American war, political turmoil, and issues within his family put a great deal of strain on King George III. He suffered from bouts of mental illness that many began calling the “madness of King George.” His mental illness was actually an illness known as porphyria. His oldest son, Prince George IV, took control of the empire when his father fell ill and became the successor to the crown after he passed. King George III remained at Windsor Castle until his death in 1820.

“Born and educated in this country, I glory in the name of Britain.”

“I wish nothing but good; therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor and a scoundrel.”

King George III was a member of the Hanover dynasty, which ruled England for almost two centuries.


Young George III could speak English and German by the time he was just 8-years-old.


George III became the Prince of Wales when he was 12-years-old.


George III became king in 1760 at the age of 22 and reigned for 59 years.