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Governor John Wentworth & the American Revolution : the English connection /
by Paul W. Wilderson.
Hanover, N.H. : University Press of New England, c1994.
xiv, 364 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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Hanover, N.H. : University Press of New England, c1994.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-347) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-10:
Wilderson's study is a political analysis of the role of Wentworth, New Hampshire's last royal governor, amid the intercolonial and intracolony events that led to the departure of the royal governor and the onset of the Revolutionary War. Wilderson, executive editor at the Naval Institute Press and a historian, explains why Wentworth became and remained a royalist. Thus he explores Wentworth's background, family connections, education, English visit, and business career. He then examines events from 1765 to 1775 and portrays Wentworth as a Colonial reconciler where possible, a loyalist by chance, an American by choice, and one who was totally mistaken about the outcome of the war. Wilderson makes a notable contribution to historical studies of the American Revolution, provides a convincing portrait of Wentworth's earlier years, and deepens understanding of prewar events in New Hampshire. See Brian Cuthbertson's The Loyalist Governor (Halifax, 1983) for Wentworth's later career as royal governor of Nova Scotia. Endnotes, 17 illustrations, and a thorough index. All levels. M. L. Dolan; Northern Michigan University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-04-01:
When he became royal governor of New Hampshire in 1766, John Wentworth had found his career. He was a sixth-generation American. His uncle Benning had governed the colony for 25 years. John was a protege of the Marquis of Rockingham, the pro-American British prime minister. Strong English sentiment in the colony backed New Hampshire's claim to the lands that are now Vermont. Yet within eight years of becoming governor revolutionary protests had marginalized Wentworth and driven him from his home. Even this moderate, hard-working, sensible man was unable to accommodate the debate. This well-written, scholarly biography by an editor of the Naval Institute Press illumines New Hampshire politics and testifies to the pervasiveness of the patriot view. For specialists in history.-- Harry W. Fritz, Univ. of Montana, Missoula (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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