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Richard Bellingham

Richard Bellingham, British colonial governor.

Background

  • Bellingham, Richard was born in 1592 in Lincolnshire, England, circa. Son of Frances Amcotts (mother).

  • Education

    • Received legal training in England.

    Career

    • Came to American, 1634, resided in Boston. Deputy governor colony of Massachusetts, 1635, 40, 53, 55-65, treasurer, 1637-1640, governor, 1641, 54, 65-72. Assistant in Massachusetts General Court, 1636-1640, 42-53.

      Known as legal expert in colony, took popular side in disputes in opposition to Governor Winthrop. Denied authority of Royal Commission sent from England to investigate colony’s government, 1665.

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Backhouse. Married second, Penelope Pelham, 1641.
    • father: Frances Amcotts Bellingham
    • spouses: Elizabeth Backhouse
    • Penelope Pelham
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    Born 1592
    Died December 7, 1672
    (aged 80)
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