Dunmore, John Murray, earl of

Dunmore, John Murray, earl of

(1732–1809) royal governor; born in Scotland. As Virginia governor (1771–76) he offended patriot sympathies by twice dissolving the House of Burgesses. He led a campaign against the Shawnee Indians (1774) which was called Lord Dunmore's War. In 1775 he tried unsuccessfully to oppose the patriot movement in Virginia.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.