Person:William Dummer (1)

m. Abt 3 Sep 1672
  1. Mary Dummer1673/74 - Bef 1700
  2. Jeremiah Dummer1675/76 - 1677
  3. William Dummer1678 - 1761
  4. Richard Dummer1680 - 1689
  5. Jeremiah DummerAbt 1681 - 1739
  6. Anna DummerAbt 1685 - 1764
  7. Samuel Dummer1689 -
m. 28 Apr 1714
Facts and Events
Name William Dummer
Gender Male
Christening[2] 29 Dec 1678 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 28 Apr 1714 Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesto Catharine Dudley
Death[3][4] 10 Oct 1761 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Reference Number? Q8008086?

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William Dummer (bapt. September 29, 1677 (O.S.) [= October 10, 1677 (N.S.)] – October 10, 1761) was a politician in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. He served as its lieutenant governor for fourteen years (1716–1730), including an extended period from 1723 to 1728 when he acted as governor. He is remembered for his role in leading the colony during what is sometimes called Dummer's War, which was fought between the British colonies of northeastern North America and a loose coalition of native tribes in what is now New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

Dummer was born into a wealthy Massachusetts merchant family, traveling to England as a young man to participate in the business. Upon his return to Massachusetts in 1712 he entered provincial politics, gaining a royal commission as lieutenant governor through the efforts of his brother Jeremiah. He served during the turbulent tenure of Governor Samuel Shute, in which Shute quarreled with the assembly over many matters. Shute left the province quite abruptly at the end of 1722, while it was in the middle of a war with the natives of northern New England.

The war was brought to a somewhat successful conclusion by Dummer. He negotiated a treaty with the Abenakis which formed the basis for a succession of later treaties. In 1728 Shute was replaced by William Burnet, whose 1 1/2 years in office were consumed by a vitriolic fight over his salary. Burnet died in office, and was eventually replaced in 1730 by Jonathan Belcher, who selected William Tailer to be his lieutenant.

Dummer then retired, dividing time between his farm in Byfield and his home in Boston. A proponent of education, he bequeathed funds for the establishment of a preparatory school in Massachusetts, and donated his Byfield estate for its use. For many years it was known as either the Dummer Academy or the Governor Dummer Academy, but is now called The Governor's Academy.

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  1.   William Dummer, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

    [Note: the birth date presented in wikipedia, 10 Oct 1677, is not found in the records, and is just a little too convenient being exactly 84 y. prior to this death in 1761 age 84. But his age at death in Boyle's Journal is actually in his 84th year, so age 83, and based on his baptism, his birth was probably actually in 1678, so no part of this birth date appears correct.]

  2. "Old South Church", in Dunkle, Robert J., and Ann S. Lainhart. Records of the Churches of Boston and the First Church, Second Parish, and Third Parish of Roxbury: including baptisms, marriages, deaths, admissions, and dismissals: (1600s-1800s). (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001), p. 88.

    Dec. 29 William son of Jeremiah Dumer [baptized].

  3. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), Vol. 84, p. 157.

    Octo. 10 Departed this Life, in the 84th year of his Age, the Hon. William Dummer, Esqr. formerly Lieut. Governor & Commander in Chief of this Province.
    [Age 83, so born about 1678.]

  4. "Granary Burial Ground", in Dunkle, Robert J., and Ann S. (Ann Smith) Lainhart. Inscriptions and records of the old cemeteries of Boston. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, c2000), p. 573.

    Dummer, William
    10 Oct 1761 82 y Lt. Governor.