Colonial governor; born in Nettleham, Lincoln
, in 1714: was educated at Oxford
, where he was graduated in 1736.
The law was his chosen profession.
In 1758 he was appointed governor of New Jersey
; and in 1760 he was transferred to the chief magistracy of Massachusetts
, where he was a most obedient servant of the crown and ministry in the support of measures obnoxious to the colonists.
After a stormy administration of nearly nine years Bernard
was recalled, when he was created a baronet, chiefly because of his recommendation to transfer the right of selecting the governor's council from the colonial legislature to the crown.
was a friend of learning, and gave a part of his library to Harvard College.
He had become so thoroughly unpopular that when he left Boston
the bells were rung, cannon were fired, and “Liberty-tree” was hung with flags, in token of the joy of the people.
He died in Aylesbury, England
, June 16, 1779.