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Gurdon Saltonstall
Birth: Mar. 27, 1666
Haverhill
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 1724
New London
New London County
Connecticut, USA

Governor of the Colony of Connecticut from 1708-1724. Born at the family home in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Gurdon was named after his maternal grandmother's family. The descendant of an affluent and politically active family, he graduated with a BA from Harvard in 1684 and an MA in theology in 1687. In 1688, he became the minister for the First Congregational Church of New London, Connecticut. He was ordained on November 19, 1691. This enabled him to become the spiritual advisor to Governor John Winthrop, culminating into the position of secretary, agent and close friend. Over time and due to the poor health of Governor Winthrop, Reverend Saltonstall gained considerable knowledge of government operations in Connecticut. When Governor Winthrop died in 1707, a special session of the General Assembly met and elected Saltonstall as acting governor. Because he was a clergyman, he was hesitant to take the position. However, at the annual re-elections in May, he was re-elected until his death. As Governor, he was a conservative, believing in the established authority. He sought to create better relations with England by becoming more active in the military actions against the French and Indians in Queen Anne's War. Although this allowed a greater security for Connecticut residents, it also increased their debt. Ever the ecclesiastical authority, he strongly believed that church and state were one, trusting this system to be more effective. He was intolerant of divergent sects, and through the Saybrook Platform, adopted in 1708, he would assure doctrinal uniformity. The goal was to curtail church disunity and restore discipline among the clergy and their congregation. Because of his views on law and order, in both church and state, and the discipline employed to maintain them, he was viewed as being severe and arrogant. However, he was a very popular Governor and remained in office until 1724, when he died suddenly of a stroke. (bio by: Kate ) 
 
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 Parents:
  Nathaniel Saltonstall (1639 - 1707)
  Elizabeth Ward Saltonstall (1647 - 1714)
 
 Spouses:
  Jerusha Richards Saltonstall (1665 - 1697)
  Elizabeth Rosewell Saltonstall (1679 - 1710)
  Mary Whittinghame Saltonstall (1665 - 1728)*
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Saltonstall Christophers (1690 - 1736)*
  Sarah Saltonstall Davis (1694 - ____)*
  Roswell Saltonstall (1701 - 1738)*
  Nathaniel Saltonstall (1707 - 1748)*
  Gurdon Saltonstall (1708 - 1785)*
  Richard Saltonstall (1710 - 1710)*
 
 Siblings:
  Gurdon Saltonstall (1666 - 1724)
  Elizabeth Saltonstall Cotton (1668 - 1726)*
  Richard Saltonstall (1672 - 1714)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ancient Cemetery
New London
New London County
Connecticut, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 04, 2004
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- AAndrewsRF
 Added: Jul. 25, 2014
I light a candle for Gurdon Saltonstall ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
Thinking of you on your 287th anniversary in heaven. May you be at rest in heavenly peace Gurdon!
- Osiris
 Added: Sep. 20, 2011
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