Colonial governor; born in Portsmouth, N. H.
, Aug. 9, 1737; nephew of Benning
; graduated at Harvard College in 1755.
In 1766 he was sent to England
as agent of the province, when the Marquis
procured his appointment as governor of New Hampshire
, which he held in 1767-75.
He was also appointed surveyor of the King
's woods, which was a lucrative office.
On the assumption of all political power by the Provincial Congress of New
, Sir John, the last royal governor, seeing his power depart, and fearing popular indignation, shut himself up in the fort at Portsmouth
, and his house was pillaged by a mob. He prorogued the Assembly (July, 1775), retired to Boston
, soon afterwards sailed to England
, and remained there until 1792, when he was made lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia
He died in Halifax, N. S.
, April 8, 1820.