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Burnet, William (?Mar. 1688–07 September 1729), attorney and royal governor of New York and New Jersey and of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, was born in the Hague, the Netherlands, the son of Gilbert Burnet, a bishop of Salisbury, and his second wife, Mary Scott. William was named for his godfather William of Orange, who became William III of England after the 1688 Glorious Revolution. William entered Trinity College, Cambridge, was expelled, and was then privately instructed by tutors. He was admitted to the bar and in May 1712 married a daughter of Dean Stanhope (her first name and the number of their children is unknown). His wife died three years later. In 1722 Burnet married Anna Maria Van Horne, who died in 1728; the couple had three children....

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Fitch, Thomas (1700–18 July 1774), lawyer and colonial governor, was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, the son of the well-to-do Thomas Fitch and Sarah (maiden name unknown). His great-grandfather, also named Thomas Fitch, was one of the founders of the town. Three years after he graduated from Yale College (1721), Fitch married Hannah Hall of New Haven; they had ten children. By 1726, Fitch was serving occasionally as the substitute minister for the Norwalk Congregational church, although there is no record of his ever being formally ordained....

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Pitkin, William (30 April 1694–01 October 1769), lawyer and governor of the colony of Connecticut (1766-1769), lawyer and governor of the colony of Connecticut (1766–1769), was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of William Pitkin, a lawyer, and Elizabeth Stanley. Pitkin, elected governor of Connecticut in 1766 during the Stamp Act crisis, was a third-generation member of one of Connecticut’s most illustrious families. Four generations of William Pitkins, including Pitkin’s son, served on the Governor’s Council, one of the highest elected offices in the state. A dozen or so other members of the family in Hartford held a myriad of political, judicial, and military offices. To be properly understood, Governor Pitkin’s career must be placed in the context of this extraordinary family....