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 William Shirley

William Shirley

Birth
Preston, Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, East Sussex, England
Death 24 Mar 1771 (aged 76)
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Crypt 18
Memorial ID 18881507 · View Source
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Colonial Governor. Born to William and Elizabeth Godman Shirley at Preston Manor, married in 1753 to Lady Frances and they had nine children. He later moved from London to Boston in the year 1731. A graduate of Cambridge, he later studied law in London. He was Governor of Massachusetts twice, from 1741 to 1749 and from 1753 to 1756. He served as Commander-in-Chief of British forces in America from 1755 to 1756. During this appointment he was involved in the "Great Expulsion" of Acadians from Nova Scotia. He later served as Governor of the Bahamas during the years of 1761 to 1769. He also laid the cornerstone for King's Chapel, in Boston, in the year 1749, where he would later be interred. After retirement he lived with his son-in-law and daughter at Roxbury until his death.

Bio by: The Guardian


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  • Originally Created by: The Guardian
  • Added: 11 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18881507
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Shirley (2 Dec 1694–24 Mar 1771), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18881507, citing Kings Chapel Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .