About John Wentworth, Governor
Sir John Wentworth
Governor of the Province of New Hampshire In office 1767–1775 Preceded by Benning Wentworth Succeeded by Meshech Weare Governor of the Province of Nova Scotia In office 1792–1808 Preceded by John Parr Succeeded by Sir George Prévost Born August 9, 1737 Portsmouth, New Hampshire Died April 8, 1820 Halifax, Nova Scotia Spouse(s) Frances Atkinson
Sir John Wentworth (August 9, 1737 – April 8, 1820) was the British colonial governor of New Hampshire at the time of the American Revolution. A graduate of Harvard College, he earned an A.B. in 1755 and an A.M. in 1758. During his time at Harvard, he was a classmate and close friend of Founding Father John Adams, future President of the United States.
Wentworth followed his uncle, Benning Wentworth, as Governor and Commander-m-Chief of New Hampshire, July 12th, 1766. He was later appointed Surveyor-General of the King's Woods in North America. He tried to prevent the outbreak of the American Revolution. His last official act was to prorogue the Assembly at the Isles of Shoals, August, 1775.
Although Wentworth was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and was generally sympathetic to the colonists in their early disagreements with the crown, he remained loyal and was forced to leave New Hampshire in 1775.
Wentworth later served as the royal governor of Nova Scotia from January 23rd, 1792 to 1808. His wife, Lady Wentworth accompanied him to Halifax. While Governor of Nova Scotia he raised the Nova Scotia Regiment. He became the first Colonel of the Nova Scotia Regiment. Wentworth was knighted in 1795. He served as Grand Master of the Free Masons. He retired as governor of Nova Scotia in 1808 on a pension of 6500 dollars. .
The Governor's Lady, by Thomas H. Raddall, is a novel based on his life.