A mild-mannered Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony who cannot control the riotous town of Boston.
Francis Bernard was the Royal Governor of Massachusetts during the years that the discontent that lead to the American Revolution began. Despite having successfully governed New Jersey before coming to New England, he had very little success after he came to Boston. It is tempting to wonder how history might have changed if a more skillful governor had been in power during those crucial years.
For more information on Francis Bernard, try:
- Francis Bernard from Mass.gov- This short biography is a general summary of Thomas Hutchinson’s life and political career.
- Sir Francis Bernard from Oxford Dictionary of National Biography- A short biography from the institution that holds his portrait.
- The Infamas Govener: Francis Bernard and the origins of the American Revolution by Colin Nicolson- This is an in-depth, scholarly biography of the governor and his career.