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American Colonial Governors

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  • Jesse Wharton, 7th Proprietary Governor of Maryland (1604 - 1676)
    deputy governor of Maryland src: Maryland Historical Magazine ) Jesse Wharton (died 1676) was the 7th Proprietary Governor of Maryland during a brief period in 1676. He was appointed by the royally...
  • Lt.-General William Shirley, Governor of the Province of Massachusetts (1694 - 1771)
    William Shirley (2 December 1694 – 24 March 1771) was a British colonial administrator who served twice as Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1741–1749 and 1753–1756) and as Governor of t...
  • Lieut. Gov. Francis Willoughby (1613 - 1671)
    Lieut. Gov. Massachusetts Francis WILLOUGHBY (MP) Born: ABT 1613 Notes: Immigration 1638 to New England. Father: William WILLOUGHBY (Col.) Mother: Elizabeth EATON Married 1: Sarah TAYLOR ...
  • Capt. John Smith, of Jamestown (1579 - 1631)
    Captain John Smith (c. January 1580 – June 21, 1631) Admiral of New England was an English soldier, explorer, and author. He was knighted for his services to Sigismund Bathory, Prince of Transylvania a...
  • Sir James Wright, Colonial Governor of Georgia (1716 - 1785)
    ) James Wright (May 8, 1716 – November 20, 1785) was an American colonial lawyer and jurist who was the last British Royal Governor of the Province of Georgia. He was the only Royal Governor of the T...

American Colonial Governors

This project is designed to capture pre-statehood Governors of entities that eventually became American States. (other than those designated as Territorial Governors)

Territorial Governors are included in a separate Geni project:

Spanish and French colonial governors of Louisiana are included on pages 3 and 4 of the Geni project "Govenors of Louisiana":

List of colonial governors of Louisiana:

Lists of American colonial and other pre-statehood governors: