Dudley, Thomas

Dudley, Thomas,

1576–1653, colonial governor of Massachusetts, b. England. As a young man he served as a clerk and later as steward to the earl of Lincoln. In 1630 he emigrated to America as deputy governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony and spent the remainder of his life in one public office or another, being elected deputy governor 13 times and serving four terms as governor. He was also a founder and one of the first overseers of Harvard.


See biography by A. Jones (1899).

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Dudley, Thomas

(1576–1653) colonial governor; born in Northampton, England. He served as Massachusetts Bay governor for four terms and was deputy-governor thirteen times. He was present and active in nearly all of the important actions undertaken by the colony (including the creation of Harvard College).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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