|Birth: ||1718, England|
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 1770|
Governor of Colonial Virginia from 1768 until his death in 1770. Also known as "Lord Botetourt." For his service in England's military and in parliament, he recieved the Lordship of Botetourt, which he later proved he was rightly an heir to. In 1768, shortly after the first attempt in the colonies to appeal to England with the "no taxation without representation" protest, King George sent him to America to replace Governor Amherst. Within a year he had dissolved the House of Burgesses, the colonists who had written up these resolutions. Thomas Jefferson and several other members of the House would later meet to write the Declaration of Independance, which would lead to the American Revolution. Despite being opposed to the feelings of the colonists, Botetourt was an early benefactor of the College of William and Mary, and a greatly respected governor. He died suddenly while in office, and within just a few years, a statue memorializing him was placed in the yard in front of the Wren Bulding at the College. (bio by: kimshockey (reb) (inactive))
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