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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), State of
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Wanton, Joseph 1705-1780 Governor; born in Newport, R. I., in 1705; graduated at Harvard College in 1751 and engaged in mercantile business; was elected governor in 1769. He was appointed by the English government to investigate the burning of the ship Gaspee by the Whigs in 1773, and was also made superintendent of the British soldiers during their occupation of Newport. These and other causes made him an object of suspicion, and in 1775 the Assembly stripped him of all power and placed the executive prerogative in the hands of Deputy-Gov. Nicholas Cooke. Governor Wanton died in Newport, R. I., July 19, 1780.