Jonathan Belcher (1682 - 1757)

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Birthplace: Cambridge, Province of Massachusetts Bay,
Death: Died in Elizabethtown, Province of New Jersey
Managed by: Doug Robinson
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About Jonathan Belcher

Jonathan Belcher was born in Cambridge, Province of Massachusetts Bay, in 1682. His father Andrew was an adventurer and businessman, and his mother, Sarah Gilbert Belcher, was the daughter of a politically well connected Connecticut merchant and Indian trader. His mother died when he was seven, and his father sent him to live with relatives in the country while he expanded his trading business.[1] Andrew Belcher was highly successful in trade, although some of it was in violation of the Navigation Acts, and some was supposedly conducted with pirates.[2] However he made his money, he became of the wealthiest men in Massachusetts in the 1680s and 1690s. To promote the family's status, he sent his son to the Boston Latin School in 1691, and then Harvard College in 1695, where Belcher was listed second (the order of listings being a rough indication of a family's importance) behind Jeremiah Dummer. Belcher and Dummer both went on to political careers in the province, sometimes as allies, but also as opponents. Belcher's five sisters all married into politically or economically prominent families, forging important connections that would further his career

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Royal Gov. Jonathan Belcher's Timeline

Cambridge, Province of Massachusetts Bay,
Age 24
Age 28
Boston, Massachusetts
Age 75
Elizabethtown, Province of New Jersey