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Sir John Wentworth

In office
1767 – 1775
Preceded by Benning Wentworth
Succeeded by Meshech Weare

In office
1792 – 1808
Preceded by John Parr
Succeeded by Sir George Prévost

Born August 9, 1737
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Died April 8, 1820
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Spouse(s) Frances Atkinson

Sir John Wentworth (August 9, 1737 – April 8, 1820) was the British colonial governor of New Hampshire at the time of the American Revolution. A graduate of Harvard College, he earned a BA in 1755 and MA in 1758.

Wentworth followed his uncle, Benning Wentworth, as governor in 1767. During his term, he was instrumental in the creation of Dartmouth College.

Although Wentworth was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and was generally sympathetic to the colonists in their early disagreements with the crown, he remained loyal and was forced to leave New Hampshire in 1775.

Wentworth later served as the royal governor of Nova Scotia from 1792 to 1808. Wentworth was knighted in 1795.

The Governor's Lady, by Thomas H. Raddall, is a novel based on his life.

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Preceded by
Benning Wentworth
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Meshech Weare
Preceded by
Sir Richard Bulkeley
Governor of Nova Scotia
Succeeded by
Sir George Prevost


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