Royal Gov. Jonathan Belcher

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Jonathan Belcher

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: August 31, 1757 (75)
Elizabethtown, Essex County, Province of New Jersey (Progressive paralytic disorder)
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Andrew Belcher and Sarah Belcher
Husband of Mary Belcher
Father of Andrew Belcher and Jonathan Belcher, 1st Chief Justice of Nova Scotia
Brother of Elizabeth Oliver; Ann Noyes; Sarah Foye-Lynde; Andrew Belcher; Mary Vaughn and 1 other

Occupation: Governor of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire (1730-1741), and New Jersey (1747-1757)
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About Royal Gov. 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

January 8, 1682
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 23
July 23, 1710
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
August 31, 1757
Age 75
Elizabethtown, Essex County, Province of New Jersey