Charles Watson-Wentworth (Marquess of Rockingham)

Portrait by Artist to Come

13 May 1730 in South Yorkshire, England
1 July 1782 in London, England




2nd Marquess of Rockingham. Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.



Mocking idleness and turning labor [in the North] into a badge of honor made the South, with its leisured aristocracy supported by slavery, seem even more anomalous than it had been at the time of the Revolution, thus aggravating the growing sectional split in the country. Many Southern aristocrats began emphasizing their cavalier status in contrast to the money-grubbing northern Yankees. They were fond of saying that they were real gentlemen, a rare thing in America.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)