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Nathaniel Higginson

Nathaniel Higginson, American colonial governor. member Thomas Pitt’s Council, Fort St. George, 1698; member Society for Propagation of the Gospel in New Eng.

Background

  • Higginson, Nathaniel was born on October 11, 1652 in Guilford, Connecticut, United States. Son of Review John and Sarah (Whitfield) Higginson.

  • Education

    • Graduated from Harvard, 1670, master’s degree, 1672.

    Career

    • Went to England to seek employment, 1674. Tutor for children of Lord Thomas Wharton, circa 1674-1681. As writer for East India Company sailed for Fort St. George, Madras, India, 1684, assistant custom and warehouse agent of Fort St. George, 1684-1685, factor, 1685-1686, member governor’s council, 1686-1689, also held concurrent positions as judge admiralty and municipal courts, mayor, mint master, chief accountant, bookkeeper, paymaster, justice of the peace, commissioner of customs, in charge of mayor’s court (all Fort St. George), 1685-1689.

      Left Fort St. George, 1689, returned as governor, 1692-1698. Appointed Lieutenant general of India, 1694, disputes over land and occupation led to minor war with Asad Khan, 1697-1698. Member Thomas Pitt’s Council, Fort St. George, 1698.

      Returned to England, 1700. With 19 others petitioned Queen Anne for removal of Governor Joseph Dudley of Massachusetts, 1706. Member Society for Propagation of the Gospel in New Eng.

    Membership

    Member Thomas Pitt’s Council, Fort St. George, 1698. Member Society for Propagation of the Gospel in New Eng.

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Richardson, May 1692, 5 children including Richard.
    • father: Review John Higginson
    • mother: Sarah (Whitfield) Higginson
    • spouse: Elizabeth Richardson
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    Born October 11, 1652
    Died October 31, 1708
    (aged 56)
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