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Thomas Hutchinson

Thomas Hutchinson Portrait, oil on canvas
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This portrait of Thomas Hutchinson, the last colonial governor of Massachusetts, was completed by Edward Truman in 1741.

Thomas Hutchinson was born in Boston in 1711. He graduated from Harvard College in 1727 and married Margaret Sanford in 1734. A merchant and historian, he served as provincial assemblyman, speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, councillor, lieutenant governor, chief justice, and the last colonial governor of Massachusetts. A conservative and loyalist, Hutchinson left for England in 1774 as one of the most hated men in Massachusetts. Thomas Hutchinson died in exile in England in 1780.