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Fletcher, Benjamin Colonial governor; was a soldier of fortune; received the appointment of governor of New York from William and Mary in 1692, and arrived at New York City on Aug. 29 of that year; later in the year was also commissioned to assume the government of Pennsylvania and the annexed territories; and made his first visit to Philadelphia in April, 1693. Fletcher was a colonel in the British army. Possessed of violent passions, he was weak in judgment, greedy, dishonest, and cowardly. He fell naturally into the hands of the aristocratic party, and his council was composed of the enemies of Leisler. The recklessness of his administration, his avarice, his evident prostitution of his office to personal gain, disgusted all parties. He continually quarrelled with the popular Assembly, and his whole administration was unsatisfactory. The Quaker-governed Assembly of Pennsylvania thwarted his schemes for obtaining money for making war on the French; and he was fortunately
Fletcher, Benjamin Colonial governor; was a soldier of fortune; received the appointment of governor of New York from William and Mary in
itories; and made his first visit to Philadelphia in April, 1693.
Fletcher was a colonel in the British army.
Possessed of violent passions, ad, when Wadsworth ordered the drums to be beaten.
said Fletcher, angrily.
When the reading was again begun, Drum!
again shouted Fletcher, and threatened the captain with punishment.
Wadsworth stepped in front of the governor, and, wit d to New York.
With a pretended zeal for the cause of religion, Fletcher procured the passage of an act by the Assembly for building church ds upon the ground where the first structure was erected.
During Fletcher's administration, pirates infested American waters; and he was acc f Massachusetts, he was commissioned to investigate the conduct of Fletcher and to succeed him as governor, and he sent him to England under a