William Phips, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


William Phips

First royal governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay

Date of Birth: 02-Feb-1651

Place of Birth: Woolwich, Maine, United States

Date of Death: 18-Feb-1695

Profession: politician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About William Phips

  • Sir William Phips (or Phipps; February 2, 1651 – February 18, 1695) was born in Maine in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and was of humble origin, uneducated, and fatherless from a young age but rapidly advanced from shepherd boy, to shipwright, ship's captain and treasure hunter, the first New England native to be knighted, and the first royally appointed governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay.
  • Phips was famous in his lifetime for recovering a large treasure from a sunken Spanish galleon, but is perhaps best remembered today for establishing the court associated with the infamous Salem Witch Trials, which he grew unhappy with, and forced to prematurely disband after five months.

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