William Shirley

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Birthday
2, 1694
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Mar 24, 1771 (76)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
2, 1694
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Mar 24, 1771 (76)

About

During the 1740s and '50s, this colonial governor presided over the Massachusetts Bay Province and played a key role in planning the Siege of Louisbourg during the third French and Indian War (also known as King George's War). Later in his political career, he served as Governor of the Bahamas.

Before Fame

After graduating from Pembroke College, Cambridge, he trained as a barrister at London's Inner Temple Inn of Court.

Trivia

He served only briefly as North American military Commander-in-Chief; his difficulty in coordinating war efforts led to his being ousted in the late 1750s.

Family Life

Born in East Sussex, England, to Elizabeth and William Shirley, he later settled in the Massachusetts colony. His marriage to Frances Barker resulted in several children, including a daughter named Anne and sons named William, Jr. and Thomas.

Associated With

He and Thomas Hutchinson were both colonial governors of Massachusetts in the period preceding the Revolutionary War.