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Jonathan Belcher

In office
August 10, 1730 – September 7, 1741
Preceded by William Tailer
Succeeded by William Shirley

Born January 8, 1682
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died August 31, 1757
Spouse(s) Mary Partridge Belcher
Children Jonathan Belcher
Andrew Belcher

Jonathan Belcher (January 8, 1682 – August 31, 1757) was colonial governor of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey.



Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he attended Harvard University.

In 1718, Belcher was elected to the Massachusetts council and became colonial governor when his predecessor died. Initially accepted by Boston, his popularity decreased when he brought the censure of the English government. He was later appointed governor of the province of New Jersey and assisted in the founding of the College of New Jersey (now known as Princeton University), including building the library for the new school.


His first wife, Mary Partridge Belcher (1685-1736), was the daughter of Lt. Gov. William Partridge, and a sister was the wife of Lt. Gov. George Vaughn. One of his sons, Jonathan Belcher, was the Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. His other son, Andrew Belcher, served on the Massachusetts Governor's Council.

He was the uncle of Lt. Gov Andrew Oliver and Chief Justice Peter Oliver, and was also the great-grandfather of Admiral Edward Belcher.

His great-nephew Peter Oliver, Jr., was the husband of the daughter of Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Hutchinson. Thomas Hutchinson and his wife Margaret Sanford were descendants of Anne Hutchinson, a descendant of William the Conqueror. Margaret (Sanford) Hutchinson was a descendant of Rhode Island Governors Peleg Sanford and William Coddington.


Belchertown, in western Massachusetts, is named for him.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Tailer
Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
August 10, 1730 – August 14, 1741
Succeeded by
William Shirley
Preceded by
John Reading
New Jersey Governor
Succeeded by
John Reading


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