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Gov. John Wentworth. Courtesy of Wolfeboro Historical Society
Lady Frances Wentworth, wife of Gov. John Wentworth.
Courtesy of Wolfeboro Historical Society

John Wentworth was in London when he received the appointment as royal governor of New Hampshire, succeeding his uncle, Benning Wentworth, in 1766. Before leaving England, he received a degree from Oxford University to add to those that he had already received from Harvard, Princeton, and Aberdeen, Scotland. He sailed for America with some fine English horses and a retinue of servants. The new way of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. He was met by a New Hampshire delegation at Newburyport and escorted to the capitol at Portsmouth.

The procession was joined by leading citizens, and everyone of importance was there except the deposed governor, Benning Wentworth. John Wentworth took the oath of office which made him "captain-general, chief executive and vice-admiral of New Hampshire." The cannon at Fort William and Mary fired a salute, the militia fired three volleys, and the spectators gave three cheers. This was followed by a public banquet and another parade. Thus began the stormiest administration in the history of New Hampshire.