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Pownall, Thomas, 1722-1805

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1722 - 1805

Thomas Pownall was born on September 4, 1722 in Lincoln, England. He was a British colonial official and politician and governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay from 1757 to 1760. From 1767 to 1780 he sat in the House of Commons. He travelled widely in the North American colonies prior to the American Revolutionary War, opposed Parliamentary attempts to tax the colonies, and was a minority advocate of colonial positions until the Revolution. He died on February 25, 1805.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Governor of Massachusetts bill

Mss 760225
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 760225
Scope and Contents Bill authorized by Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Pownall authorizing the public sale of real estate. The bill is also signed by A. Oliver and J. White.

Thomas Pownall letter

Mss 758213
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 758213
Scope and Contents Letter from Governor Thomas Pownall to David Mason, making first lieutenant in a regiment raised for an invasion of Canada. A. Oliver Secretary.