Monday, March 28, 2011

Thomas Dudley (Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony)

Thomas Dudley, my 10th g-Grandfather, was born on October 12 1576 in Yardley, Northhampton, England to Roger Dudley and Susanna Thorne.
Thomas was one of the originators of The Massachusetts Bay Colony and arrived in the New World on the ship Arbella on June 22 1630 as the Colony's Deputy Governor. He built the first house in Newtowne (present day Cambridge), which was supposed to be the capitol of the new Colony.
Thomas served as Governor Four times between 1635 and 1651. Thomas also served as Deputy Governor Thirteen times. As Governor, he signed the charter that established Harvard College, under which Harvard still operates to this day.
Thomas died on July 31 1653 in Roxbury Massachusetts and is buried in the Eliot Burying Ground in Roxbury.
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