Lead: Like Winston Churchill, the first William Pitt might never have become leader had Britain not been losing the war badly.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Educated at Eton and Trinity College, Oxford William Pitt organized England's war effort and secured the beginnings of a vast overseas empire.

The Seven Years War with France opened in 1756 with a series of disastrous defeats for the British. The Mediterranean fleet was decimated in a battle off the island of Minorca. In India, a portion of the garrison was stifled in the notorious Black Hole of Calcutta. In North America, Native Americans and their French allies raided western settlements with impunity.