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Richard Bellingham

  • Birth 1592 Boston, Boston Borough, Lincolnshire, England
  • Death 7 Dec 1672 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot Tomb 146
  • Memorial ID 18882503

Colonial Governor. He was the son of William and Frances Amcotts Bellingham, and married Elizabeth Backhouse and later Penelope Pelham after the death of his first wife. He had come to Boston in the year 1634 from England becoming a lawyer. He also served as a Member of Parliament for his town in 1628 and 1629. During the wedding of his second wife, it was said she had been betrothed to another, he performed the ceremony himself and was prosecuted for it. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne immortalized him as a character in his novel "The Scarlet Letter". He served as the Governor of Massachusetts three times with the first beginning in 1641, and served ten various years in this position and also died in office. The only home built by one of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to still survive is The Governor Bellingham-Cary House, which honors his name.

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  • Added: 11 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18882503
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Bellingham (1592–7 Dec 1672), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18882503, citing Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .