Person:Richard Bellingham (2)

Gov. Richard Bellingham
  • F.  William Bellingham (add)
  • M.  Frances Amcotts (add)
  1. Gov. Richard Bellinghamabt 1592 - 1672
  1. Samuel Bellingham
  • HGov. Richard Bellinghamabt 1592 - 1672
  • WPenelope Pelhamabt 1619 - 1702
  1. Hannah Bellingham1642 -
  2. John Bellingham
  3. James Bellingham1646 -
  4. Grace Bellingham - 1654
Facts and Events
Name Gov. Richard Bellingham
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt 1592 Lincolnshire, England
Death[1] 7 Dec 1672 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Reference Number? Q7324089?
Burial? Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

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Richard Bellingham (c. 1592 – 7 December 1672) was a colonial magistrate, lawyer, and several-time governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the last surviving signatory of the colonial charter at his death. A wealthy lawyer in Lincolnshire prior to his departure for the New World in 1634, he was a liberal political opponent of the moderate John Winthrop, arguing for expansive views on suffrage and lawmaking, but also religiously somewhat conservative, opposing (at times quite harshly) the efforts of Quakers and Baptists to settle in the colony. He was one of the architects of the Massachusetts Body of Liberties, a document embodying many sentiments also found in the United States Bill of Rights.

Although he was generally in the minority during his early years in the colony, he served ten years as colonial governor, most of them during the delicate years of the English Restoration, when King Charles II scrutinized the behavior of the colonial governments. Bellingham notably refused a direct order from the king to appear in England, an action that may have contributed to the eventual revocation of the colonial charter in 1684.

He was twice married, survived by his second wife and his only son Samuel. He died in 1672, leaving an estate in present-day Chelsea, Massachusetts and a large house in Boston. The estate became embroiled in legal action lasting more than 100 years after his will was challenged by his son and eventually set aside. Bellingham is immortalized in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The New England Tragedies, both of which fictionalize events from colonial days.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Richard Bellingham, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   Weis, Frederick Lewis; William R. Beall; Kaleen E. Beall; and Walter Lee Sheppard. Ancestral roots of certain American colonists who came to America before 1700: lineages from Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and other historical individuals. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., c2004).

    Penelope Pelham, dau. of Herbert Pelham II and Penelope West; b. abt 1619, d. 28 May 1702; m. 9 Nov. 1641, Richard Bellingham, Gent., b. Boston, co. Linc. abt 1592, d. 1672, son of William Bellingham and Frances Amcotts, of Manton and Bromby, co. Linc.; MP 1628-29, came to Mass. 1634, Gov. of Mass. 1641,1654, 1665-72 (no issue) (CP IV: 159-60; TAG 18:138; NEHGR 33:289; Linc. Pedigrees, Harl. Soc. Pub. 50:118)

  3.   Richard Bellingham, in Find A Grave.
  4.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 1:161-162.