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Shirley, Williamlocked

(02 December 1694–28 March 1771)
  • John A. Schutz


Shirley, William (02 December 1694–28 March 1771), colonial governor of Massachusetts, was born in London, England, the son of William Shirley, a London textile merchant and landowner, and Elizabeth Godman. The Shirleys, who had connections among the leading English politicians, decided that William should have a university education and law career. He attended the Merchant Taylors’ School in London, Pembroke College in Cambridge, and the Inner Temple....

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