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Cadwallader Colden

  • Birth 7 Feb 1688 Ireland
  • Death 20 Sep 1776 Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Burial Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 15922942

New York Colonial Governor. He graduated from Edinburgh University and became a scholar in medicine, science and mathematics. He moved to Philadelphia in 1710, where he started a medical practice. He relocated to New York in 1718 and held many colonial offices, including Master in Chancery, Surveyor General and President of the Governor's Council. Colden was New York's first representative to the Iroquois Confederacy, and based on this experience he authored the first book about the Iroquois, "The History of the Five Indian Nations." He served as Lieutenant Governor and Governor throughout the 1760s and 1770s and was burned in effigy during the Stamp Act protests of 1765. Colden left office in 1771 and retired to Spring Hill, his Flushing estate, where he pursued studies in botany, astronomy and other sciences. His son was Congressman and New York City Mayor Cadwallader David Colden.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 28 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15922942
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cadwallader Colden (7 Feb 1688–20 Sep 1776), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15922942, citing Colden Family Cemetery, Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .