Graduate of Harvard Class of 1665
President of the Dominion of New England 1686
Governor of Province of Massachusetts Bay 1702-1715
"Boston, On Saturday the 2d Currant; dyed the very Honourable JOSEPH DUDLEY, Esq; at his Seat in Roxbury, in the 73d Year of his Age, being born, September 23d 1647; and on Friday the 8th Currant he was Iterred in the Sepulchre of his Father with all the Honour and Respect his Country was capable of doing him; there being Two Regiments of Foot with Two Troops of Horse in Arms; and while the Funeral was passing, the Guns at His Majesty's Castle Willima were fired; and on the Occasion all the Bells of the Town of Boston were Tolled.
There attended at the Funeral the Members of His Majesty's Council, in Boston, and the Neighbouring Towns; a great Number of Justices of the Peace, Ministers, Gentlemen, Merchants and others.
The late Governour Dudly was the Son of the Honourable Thomas Dudley, Esq; (for many Years Governour of New England) and the Son of his Old Age, being born after his Father was 70 Years Old. --During his Childhood, he was under the care of his Excellent Mother, and the Reverend Mr. Allen the Minister of Dedham, who Marryed her. In his Youth he was Educated at the Free-School in Cambridge, under the Famous Master Corlet; from thence he went to College in Cambridge, and there took his Degrees in the Presidentship of Mr. Charles Chauncey --The first of his Publick appearance for his Countrey's Service, was in the Narraganset Indian War, Anno 1675. --The Year after he was Chosen a Magistrate of the Massachusetts Colony --In 1682 he went for England with John Richards, Esq; in an Agency for his Country, --In 1686 the Government of the Massachusetts Colony being changed to a President and Council, he has a Commission to Command in chief; and after the Arrival of Sir Edmund Androes in the Government of New England, New York, &c. he continued President of the Council and Chief Justice. In the Winter 1689 he went a second time for England; and in 1690 returned with a Commission of Chief Justice for New York. In 1693 he went a third time for England, and in the Winter of that Year, he received a Commission from King William, appointing him Lieutenant Governour of the Isle of Wight, where he continued Eight Years. While in England, he had the Honour to serve as a Member of the House of Commons for the Borough of Newton on the Isle of Wight, in the last Parliament of King William, from whom he first received his Commission for his Government; but staying in England till His Majesty's Death, he was obliged to get his Commission renewed from Queen Anne, with which he Arrived at Boston the 11th of June 1702; and was received with great Respect and Affection; and continued in the Government until November 1715, saving an Intermission of about 7 Weeks, that the Government dev[?]lv'd upon His Majesty's Council.
He was a Man of rare Endowments and shining Accomplishments, a singular Honour to his County, and in many Respects the Glory of it; He was early its Darling, always its Ornament, and his Age its Crown: The Scholar, the Divine, the Philosopher and the Lawyer, all me in him: --He was visibly form'd for Government; and under his Administration (by God Almighty's Blessing) We enjoyed great quietness, and were sfely sterr'd thro' a long and difficult, Indian and French War.
His Country have once and again thankfully acknowledge his Abilities and Fidelity in their Addresses to the Throne. --He truly Honour'd and Lov'd the Religion, Learning and Verture of New England; and was himself a worthy Patron and Example of the all, --Nor did so bright a Soul, dwell in a less amiable Body, being a very Comely Person, of a Noble Aspect, and a graceful Mien, having a Gravity of a Judge, and the Goodness of a Father, --In a word, he was a [?] Gentleman, of a most polite Address; and had uncommon Elegancies and Charms in his Conversation.
'Tis said a Funeral Sermon will be Preach'd for him at the Publick Lecture in Boston the next Thursday."
Boston News-Letter, Boston MA, 4 Apr - 11 Apr 1720, issue 834, page 2.
Rebecca Tyng Dudley