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John Wanton

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Birthplace: York, York County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Newport, Newport County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Place of Burial: Coddington Cemetery, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
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Son of Edward Wanton and Elizabeth Wanton
Husband of Ann Wanton and Mary Wanton
Father of Elizabeth Slocum; James Wanton; Susannah Slocum; Mary Wanton; John Wanton and 1 other
Brother of Joseph Wanton; George Wanton; Elizabeth Scott; William Wanton, 20th Colonial Governor of Rhode Island; Michael Wanton and 2 others

Occupation: 21st Colonial Governor of Rhode Island
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About John Wanton, 21st Colonial Governor of Rhode Island

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John Wanton (24 December 1672 - 5 July 1740) was a governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, serving for six consecutive terms from 1734 to 1740. He was the son of Edward Wanton who was a ship builder, and who became a Quaker after witnessing the persecution of these people, also becoming a preacher of that religion. His father had lived in York, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and Scituate, Massachusetts before coming to Rhode Island.


Wanton was a merchant, and like his father was a Quaker, and the Friends' records state that "for many years he was a valuable public friend." He first entered public service in 1706 as a deputy from Newport serving for several years in that capacity, and also as the Speaker of the House of Deputies. He was called Colonel John Wanton in 1706 when he went after French privateers with John Dublin, who was wounded in the action. Between 1721 and 1734 Wanton was the Deputy Governor for the colony, and following the death of his brother, William Wanton, he became governor in 1734, serving continuously until his own death in 1740. He was buried in the Coddington Cemetery in Newport.


Wanton was married to Mary Stover, the daughter of Sylvester and Elizabeth (Norton) Stover of Cape Neddick, York County, Maine, and had five children. Wanton's brother, William Wanton, preceded him as governor, and his nephews Gideon Wanton and Joseph Wanton were later governors of the colony.

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Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations from 1734 to 1740.

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John Wanton, 21st Colonial Governor of Rhode Island's Timeline

1672
December 24, 1672
York, York County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1696
1696
Age 23
Newport, Newport, RI
1697
1697
Age 24
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
1700
April 9, 1700
Age 27
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
June 10, 1700
Age 27
Newport, Newport, RI
1704
October 21, 1704
Age 31
Newport County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1712
1712
- 1721
Age 39
Rhode Island, United States
1717
July 16, 1717
Age 44
Newport, Newport, RI
1717
Age 44
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
1734
1734
- 1740
Age 61
Rhode Island, United States