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Shirley, William, 1694-1771



  • Existence: 1694 - 1771

William Shirley was a British colonial administrator who was governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1741–1749 and 1753–1756) and then Governor of the Bahamas (1760–1768). He organized the 1745 Siege of Louisbourg during King George's War, and had a 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.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Judicial Appointment

Mss 749369
Identifier: Mss 749369
Scope and Contents Appointment by William Shirley, governor of Maine, of Nathaniel Sparhawk, as judge of the Superior Court in York, Maine.

William Shirley divorce settlement

Mss 755175
Identifier: Mss 755175
Scope and Contents Massachusetts Colony Governor William Shirley signed on page divorce settlement for Mary Clapham and William Clapham with Mary receiving alimony from William.