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William Shirley
  • Name: William Shirley
  • Born: 12/02/1694
  • Died: 03/24/1771 (76 years old)
  • Profession: barrister, politician

William Shirley (2 December 1694 – 24 March 1771) was a British colonial administrator who was the longest-serving governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1741–1749 and 1753–1756) and then Governor of the Bahamas (1760–1768). He is best known for his role in organizing the 1745 Siege of Louisbourg during King George’s War, and for his role in military affairs during the French and Indian War. He spent most of his years in the colonial administration of North America working to defeat New France, but his lack of formal military training led to political difficulties and his eventual downfall.

Birth Place: Sussex, England

Death Place: Roxbury, Province of Massachusetts Bay

Source: Wikipedia

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