Shirley, William, 1694-1771

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Shirley was governor of Massachusetts from 1741 to 1757.

From the description of Letter, 1745 June 1, Boston [Mass.], to Jacob Wendell, Boston [Mass.]. (New England Historic Genealogical Society). WorldCat record id: 50844670

Colonial Governor of Massachusetts. Shirley was active in colonial politics, served in the French and Indian War, and succeeded Braddock as commander of all British Forces in North America upon Braddock's death. Shirley attended a council of war in New York, N.Y. with Pensslyvania Governor Robert Hunter Morris to discuss an attack on Fort Frontenac, Oswego, and the St. Lawrence River region.

From the description of Letter, 1755 December. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145407219

Colonial governor of Massachusetts, 1741-1751.

From the description of Appointment, 1753 Sept. 14. (Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 70976773

British army officer and colonial governor of Massachusetts.

From the description of William Shirley papers, 1744-1756. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980455

Royal governor of Massachusetts.

From the description of Letters, 1753 Dec. 10-[1754?] Jan. 30, [Boston], to Harrison Gray, [Boston]. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 315953462

American Colonial Governor.

From the description of Letter signed : New York, to Col. Bradstreet, 1756 Apr. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664879

Governor of Massachusetts.

From the description of Memorandum, ca. 1738. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 174141380

From the description of William Shirley correspondence, 1742-1757. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70977308

From the description of William Shirley papers, 1747-1748 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 501324840

William Shirley was a British army officer and colonial governor of Massachusetts.

From the description of Journal of the Siege of Louisbourg, 1745. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 758905134

William Shirley was the governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1741-1749 and 1753-1756.

From the description of [Letter and document], 1745-1747 / W. Shirley. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 433551045

Royal Governor of Massachusetts, 1741-1757.

From the description of Papers, 1741-1745. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122530098

Colonial governor of Massachusetts and military commander.

Following the death of Edward Braddock in July, 1755, Shirley was appointed commander-in-chief of British North American forces. He was recalled to England in 1756, and was succeeded in command by Lord Loudoun.

From the description of Letters, 1755-1756. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 38880295

Colonial governor of Massachusetts and military commander.

Following the death of Edward Braddock in July, 1755, Shirley was appointed commander-in-chief of British forces in North America. In March, 1756, Shirley was recalled to England and was succeeded in command by Lord Loudoun.

From the description of Letter : New York, [N.Y.], to Henry Fox, [England], 1756 Jan. 14. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 38873901

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creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Letters, 1755-1756. Newberry Library
creatorOf Bourne family. Bourne family Massachusetts military papers, 1744-1764. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Stoddard family. Papers, 1679-1920. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Bradstreet, John, 1714-1774. John Bradstreet letter, 1756 Jan. or Feb. Litchfield Historical Society
referencedIn New York (State). Council. Minutes, 1745-1749. Newberry Library
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Letter : New York, [N.Y.], to Henry Fox, [England], 1756 Jan. 14. Newberry Library
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Col. Stoddard, 1745 Apr. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). Divorce settlement, 1755 February 25, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Gorham, John, 1709-1751. Papers, 1744-1773 (bulk, 1748-1750). University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Bancroft, George, 1800-1891. Miscellany Collection of John A. Schutz, 1693-1959. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). DS, 1749 Aug. 12. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Alexander, William, 1726-1783. Records of Batteau-men, 1756. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Pennsylvania. Lieutenant Governor (1754-1756 : Morris). Letter : Philadelphia, [Pa.], to [William] Shirley, 1755 Aug. 19. Newberry Library
referencedIn Alexander, William, 1726-1783. Letter : on board the sloop Massachusetts, to Governor Robert Hunter Morris, 1755 July 6. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
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creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Journal of the Siege of Louisbourg, 1745. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. William Shirley papers, 1744-1756. Library of Congress
creatorOf Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). Military commission : manuscript, 1756 Feb. 18. Harvard University, Houghton Library
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creatorOf Belknap, Jeremy, 1744-1798. Jeremy Belknap papers, 1637-1891, bulk: 1758-1799. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Indian and Military Affairs of Pennsylvania, 1737-1775, 1737-1775 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). Letter : Boston, [Mass.], to Benning Wentworth, 1746 Dec. 6. Newberry Library
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. William Shirley correspondence, 1742-1757. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Hazard, Ebenezer, 1744-1817. Ebenezer Hazard collection, 1492-1832. Library of Congress
creatorOf Williams, Israel, 1709-1788. Papers, 1728-1785. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn French and Indian War collection, 1754-1774. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). ALS : Boston, to Colonel Bradstreet, 1756 Sept. 7. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Bradstreet, John, 1711-1774. Papers, 1754-1782. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). Province of the Massachusetts-Bay William Shirley ... to Joseph Frie ... greeting : by virtue of the power and authority ... to me granted ... : commission, 1746 June 14. Newberry Library
creatorOf Colden, Cadwallader, 1688-1776. Copy book, 1737-1753. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Letter signed : New York, to Col. Bradstreet, 1756 Apr. 29. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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creatorOf Price, Ezekiel, 1727-1802. Business records, 1753-1800. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Trumbull, David, 1819-1889. David Trumbull collection, 1727-1760. Library of Congress
referencedIn Shirley, John, d. 1755. John Shirley correspondence, 1755. Library of Congress
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creatorOf Colman, Benjamin, 1673-1747. Letters to Benjamin Colman, 1693-1747. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Miscellaneous Canadian papers, 1646-1935. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Louisbourg journal, 1745. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). Commissions of Richard Saltonstall as Colonel in the Provincial Army of Massachusetts, issued by Governors William Shirley, Thomas Pownall, and Francis Bernard, 1754-1762. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Great Britain. Commissioners for Executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of Great-Britain, and Ireland, &c. And of all His Majesty's Plantations, &c. Mediterranean passport, 1741 February 5. New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. [Letter and document], 1745-1747 / W. Shirley. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). William Shirley esqr. captn. general and governeur in chief ... : whereas Mr. John Hawks with an attendant has undertaken to proceed on a journey from Deerfield within this province to Canada to redeem out of the hands of the French or the Indians one Samuel Allen ... passport, 1747 Dec. 21. Newberry Library
creatorOf Massachusetts. General Court. House of Representatives. Order to pay Josiah Willard £60 : manuscript, 1741 Jan. 9. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Letter, 1755 December. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Grantham, Thomas Robinson, Baron, 1695-1770. Collection of letters and documents relating to the colonial Pennsylvania, 1696-1773. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). By His Excellency William Shirley Esqr. captain general and governour in cheif [sic] in and over His Majesty's province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England : a declaration of war against the Cape Sables & St. John's Indians, 1744 Oct. 19. Newberry Library
referencedIn Kirkpatrick family. [Papers]. Indiana State Library - ISL
referencedIn Johnson, William, Sir, 1715-1774. Papers, 1733-1808. American Periodical Series I
creatorOf Massachusetts. Militia. Payrolls : Boston, [1749 Feb., no day]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Papers, 1731-1762. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Johnson, William, Sir, 1715-1774. Sir William Johnson letters, 1755-1773. Newberry Library
creatorOf Winslow, John, 1703-1774. Journal, 1744-1757. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Loudoun, John Campbell, Earl of, 1705-1782. Loudoun papers : Americana, 1682-1780 (bulk 1755-1758). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Bourne family Massachusetts military papers, 1744-1764. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. William Shirley papers, 1747-1748 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Appointment, 1753 Sept. 14, Boston, Massachusetts. New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS
referencedIn Alexander family. Alexander papers, 1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Charles Townshend papers, Townshend, Charles papers, 1660-1804, 1748-1767 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn George II, King of Great Britain, 1683-1760. Instructions to General Braddock relating to his command in North America, 1754 November 25. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. George Clinton papers, 1697-1760, bulk 1745-1753. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Allen, Ethan, 1738-1789. Canadiana manuscripts, 1749-1811. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Papers, 1741-1745. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Kilgore family. Kilgore family collection, ca. 1700-1992. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Letters, 1753 Dec. 10-[1754?] Jan. 30, [Boston], to Harrison Gray, [Boston]. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn George Clinton papers, Clinton, George, papers, 1697-1760, 1745-1753 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Harvard University. Board of Overseers. Records related to the charges against and defense made by Nathan Prince, 1740-1742. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Joseph Dwight collection, Dwight, Joseph collection, 1734-1762, 1746-1748 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Law, Jonathan, 1674-1750. Massachusetts and Connecticut papers, 1708-1749. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Spicer, Jacob, 1717-1765. Jacob Spicer papers, 1737-1846 1744-1765. New Jersey Historical Society Library
creatorOf Louisbourg Expedition. Records, 1744-1758. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Letter, 1745 June 1, Boston [Mass.], to Jacob Wendell, Boston [Mass.]. New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS
referencedIn Alexander, William, 1726-1783. ALS : Highlands of the Hudson, N.Y., to Robert Hunter Morris, 1755 July 6. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Harvard University. Addresses at the visit of Governor William Shirley, September 1741. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Forbes, John, 1707-1759. Papers of John Forbes [manuscript], 1755-1759. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). Judicial appointment, 1749 June 19. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. [William Shirley miscellanea]. University of British Columbia Library
creatorOf Dennis family. Papers, 1663-1904. Library of Congress
referencedIn Shirley, John, d. 1755. Letter, December 8, 1754. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Massachusetts. Governor (1741-1757 : Shirley). Military commission certificate for Peter Midleton, 1755 July 10. New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS
creatorOf Shirley, William, 1694-1771. Memorandum, ca. 1738. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Curwen family. Papers, 1637-1808. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Ogilvie, John, 1724-1774. Diary, 1750-1759. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Pollard, Benjamin, 1696-1756. Letters : Boston, [Mass.], to John Thomlinson, London, [Eng.], 1738 Aug. 25-Dec. 20. Newberry Library
referencedIn Bradford, William, 1755-1795. Manuscripts on Indian affairs, 1737-1775, [n.d.]. American Philosophical Society Library
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creatorOf Hancock family. Papers II, 1744-1804. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island Campaign collection, 1745-1746. American Antiquarian Society
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Birth 1694-12-02

Death 1771-03-24

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