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John Wanton, Sr.

Birthplace: Scituate, Plymouth, MA, USA
Death: Died in Newport, Newport, RI, USA
Place of Burial: Newport, Newport, RI, USA
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Husband of Mary Wanton
Father of John Wanton, Jr.

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About John Wanton, Sr.

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. Edward Wanton had lived in York, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and Scituate, Massachusetts before coming to Rhode Island.

John 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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John Wanton, Sr.'s Timeline

December 24, 1672
Scituate, Plymouth, MA, USA
October 22, 1697
Age 24
Newport, Newport, RI, USA
July 5, 1740
Age 67
Newport, Newport, RI, USA
July 1740
Age 67
Newport, Newport, RI, USA