Gregory Fawkes in 1770
|2nd President of Kania|
21 December 1768 – 11 May 1776
|Vice President||Lawrence Ashmead|
|Preceded by||Roger Kane|
|Succeeded by||Lawrence Ashmead|
|Secretary of Treasury|
16 December 1756 – 21 December 1762
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Holland Purnell|
|Born||Gregory Smith Fawkes II|
24 June 1721
London, England, United Kingdom
|Died||12 May 1776 (aged 55)|
Palace of Gideon, Port Kane, Levi, Kania
|Children||Gregory Smith Fawkes II|
|Alma mater||Oxford University|
Gregory Smith Fawkes II (24 June 1721 – 12 May 1776) was the 2nd President of Kania, serving from 1768 to 1776, and serving also as the first treasurer of the Republic of Kania. His administration was focused on the development of the Kanian military as the crisis in British America continued to spiral out of control, and the French interests in Kania's strategic location contiued to grow more pointed and directed at a potential conflict. Fawkes was determined to maintain the independence of the state, and defy whatever threats it was given by the European powers.
Fawkes tactics were agressive, xenophobic, and largely did more to damage the fragile economic progress made under Kane, and nearly resulted in national backruptcy as Fawkes extensive military expansion programs nearly destroyed the economy. However, his vision of a strong nation capable of defending itself paid off in the long run, as Kania developed one of the largest militaries in North America. The military came to represent a major force in Kanian politics afterward, though efforts made by Fawkes' successors would lessen the influence and impact the military had in the government.
During a trip to Europe while visiting his British parents, Fawkes grew sickly and returned to Kania for treatment. He died in 1776, the result of influenza which he caught while passing through one of London's more destitute neighborhoods. A monument was deticated in his name in 1783, and he was honored by the King of England following his death. Considered one of the founding fathers of Fawkes, Fawkes was not much of an abolitionists, never having seen or suffered the cruelties of slavery. However, he has been viewed as a major figure in the black movements, given his position as a powerful black politician.