Person:William Phips (1)

Sir William Phips
d.18 Feb 1694/5 London, England
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  1. Sir William Phips1650/1 - 1694/5
Facts and Events
Name Sir William Phips
Alt Name Sir William Phipps
Gender Male
Birth[1] 2 Feb 1650/1 Woolwich, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States
Military[1] 19 May 1690 Port Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada Combatant of Port Royal (1690)
Death[1] 18 Feb 1694/5 London, England
Burial[1] London, EnglandSt Mary Woolnoth


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Sir William Phips (or Phipps, February 2, 1650/1 – February 18, 1694/5) was a shipwright, ship's captain, treasure hunter, military leader, and the first royally-appointed governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. He is perhaps best remembered for establishing, and later over-ruling and disbanding, the court associated with the infamous Salem Witch Trials.

Of humble origin and poorly educated, he was a shipbuilder in Boston before embarking on several treasure hunting expeditions to the West Indies. He became famous in London when he recovered a large treasure from a sunken Spanish galleon, a feat that earned him instant wealth and a knighthood. In 1690, during King William's War, he led a successful military expedition against Port Royal, Acadia, and then made a disastrous attempt to capture Quebec later the same year.

Despite the military setback and his crude country manner, his connections in London and with the influential Mather family gained him the governorship of Massachusetts. He was not politically sophisticated, and became enmeshed in controversies (including physical altercations with other officials) that led to his recall to England to answer a variety of charges. He died in London before the charges against him were heard.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 William Phips, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).