Wentworth, John, Sir, 1737-1820
Sir John Wentworth, 1st Baronet (9 August 1737 – 8 April 1820) was the British colonial governor of New Hampshire at the time of the American Revolution. He was later also Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. Wentworth was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on August 9, 1737. His ancestry went back to some of the earliest settlers of the Province of New Hampshire, and he was grandson of John Wentworth, who served as the province's lieutenant governor in the 1720s, a nephew to Governor Benning Wentworth, and a descendant of "Elder" William Wentworth. In 1751, he enrolled in Harvard College, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1755 and a master's degree in 1758. During his time at Harvard, he was a classmate and became a close friend of future Founding Father and President of the United States John Adams. In 1759, the young Wentworth made his first significant investment, joining a partnership in the purchase and development of land in the Lake Winnipesaukee area. Wentworth sat on a committee of partners that oversaw the settlement of the community, which the investors named Wolfeboro. In 1765, Wentworth was appointed by the province as one of its agents.In August 1766, he was commissioned as Governor and vice admiral of New Hampshire, and Surveyor General of the King's Woods in North America.
Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:
John Wentworth in Portsmouth, N.H. declaration of a site for the College. Excerpts from a meeting of the subscribers, "nominated Trustees of Dartmouth College in the charter..." Includes, Added declaraton of four Trustees, 1770 July 17, Hartford, [Conn.]. Includes: Autograph of Wentworth from G.H.D Webster.
John Wentworth extension of the conditions of the charter of Marlow, N.H. [Portsmouth, N.H.]. Signed also by Theodore Atkinson.
One page licence written by John Wentworth to sell real estate of Paul Chase, deceased, Sandown, N.H. 1771 January 25, Portsmouth, N.H., to Moses and Sarah Sawyer, Hopkinton, N.H.
Order from John Wentworth at Fort William and Mary to Paul Wentworth in London to pay within thirty days "of this my third 'exchange'' unto Samuel Wentworth 25 pounds sterling.
New Hampshire (Colony). Governor writes a document extending by three years the limitation for the fulfillment of the Charter requirements for the town of Orford, N.H. [Portsmouth, N.H.]
New Hampshire (Colony) Governor John Wentworth charter for the town of Dorchester, N.H. On reverse side is a list of grantees of Dorchester and a plan of the town. Signed by J. Wentworth and Theodore Atkinson.