Person:Robert Hunter (59)

Maj. Gen. Robert Hunter
d.31 Mar 1734 Jamaica, West Indies
m. bef. 1666
  1. Maj. Gen. Robert Hunterabt 1666 - 1734
m. est. 1715
Facts and Events
Name Maj. Gen. Robert Hunter
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1666 Edinburgh, Scotland
Marriage est. 1715 to Elizabeth Orreby
Death? 31 Mar 1734 Jamaica, West Indies
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Robert Hunter was one of the Early Settlers of Colonial Virginia

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About Robert Hunter

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Robert Hunter (1664–1734) was a British military officer, colonial governor of New York and New Jersey from 1710 to 1720, and governor of Jamaica from 1727 to 1734.


Robert Hunter was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1666, grandson of the twentieth Laird of Hunterston in Ayrshire, being the son of lawyer James Hunter and his wife Margaret Spalding.

Hunter had been apprenticed to an apothecary before running away to join the British Army. He became an officer in 1689 who rose the become a general, and married a woman of high rank. He was a man of business whose first address to the New York Assembly was barely 300 words long. In it, he stated, "If honesty is the best policy, plainness must be the best oratory."

He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 1707, but was captured by a corsair on his way to Virginia, taken to France, and in 1709 exchanged for the French Bishop of Quebec. He was then appointed Governor of New York and sailed to America with 3,000 Palatine refugees as settlers in 1710. In 1715 he advocated the local minting of copper coins, but the king refused. Governor Hunter's philosophy was that "the true Interests of the People and Government are the same, I mean A Government of Laws. No other deserves the Name, and are never Separated or Separable but in Imagination by Men of Craft."[1]

Hunter was succeeded as Governor by Pieter Schuyler as acting governor from 1719 to 1720 and finally by William Burnet, whose post as Comptroller of Customs was given to Hunter in exchange. Hunter was then Governor of Jamaica from 1727 until his death on 31 March 1734.

He was a member of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May,1709.[2]


His play, Androboros, written in 1714, was the first known play to be written and published in the North American British Colonies.

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Robert Hunter (1664–1734) was a British military officer, colonial governor of New York and New Jersey from 1710 to 1720, and governor of Jamaica from 1727 to 1734.

Information on Robert Hunter

Gen. Robert Hunter served as Lt. Governor of Virginia (1707-1709), Gov. of New Jersey and New York (1710-1720) and Governor of Jamaica (1728-1734).

Robert Hunter's birthdate is variously listed as "1664" in wikipedia, and "abt. 1675" in a familysearch submission. It appears more likely to be former, based upon several published sources, including "A Life of Robert Hunter, 1666-1734", by James E. Scalon. More research may be necessary to determine his accurate birthdate.

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  1.   Scanlon, James E. A Life of Robert Hunter, 1666-1734.

    Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia, 1969

  2.   Maj. Gen. Robert Hunter, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.