William Congreve was an English playwright and poet of the Restoration period. He is known for his clever, satirical dialogue and influence on the comedy of manners style of that period. He was also a minor political figure in the British Whig Party.Early lifeWilliam Congreve was born in Bardsey, Yorkshire, England near Leeds. His parents were William Congreve and Mary née Browning . The family moved to London in 1672. They relocated again in 1674 to the Irish port town of Youghal where his father served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Irish Army. Congreve spent his childhood in Ireland, where his father, a Cavalier, had settled during the reign of Charles II. Congreve was educated at Kilkenny College where he met Jonathan Swift, and at Trinity College in Dublin. Upon graduation, he matriculated in the Middle Temple in London to study law, but preferred literature, drama, and the fashionable life.