William Pitt (the Elder) was born November 15, 1708 and died May 11, 1778. He was a British statesman and served as prime minister from 1766 to 1768. During the time of Governor Arthur Dobbs's administration, Pitt served as Secretary of State for the Southern Department. He was instrumental in British military success during the Seven Years War. Chatham County, Pitt County, and Pittsboro are named for him.
He had a son, named William Pitt (the Younger), who also served two terms as British prime minister (1783–1801 and 1804–06).