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Richard Bellingham

colonial governor

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