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Tryon, Williamlocked

(08 June 1729–27 January 1788)
  • J. Russell Snapp


Tryon, William (08 June 1729–27 January 1788), British army officer and governor of North Carolina and New York, was born in Surrey, England, the son of Charles Tryon, the owner of a landed estate, and Lady Mary Shirley. The wealth and aristocratic connections that Tryon enjoyed from birth enabled him to advance both militarily and politically despite a lack of formal education. In 1751 he obtained commissions first as a lieutenant and then as a captain in the First Regiment of Foot Guards. Six years later, he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. Tryon’s marriage to Margaret Wake in 1757 enhanced both his wealth and his political influence. They had one child together. (From an affair with one Mary Stanton, Tryon had another child, whom he supported during the remainder of his life and provided for in his will.)...

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