Sir William Gooch

(1681—1751) army officer and politician in America

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(1681–1751) colonial governor of Virginia (1727–49), born in Yarmouth, England. His tenure was marked by prosperity and the absence of conflict with the mother country. Gooch involved the burgesses in formulating legislation, promoted settlement of western lands, and instituted measures that improved the quality and prices of tobacco. He also established personal ties with the colony through land and business investments, as well as through the marriage of his son to a Maryland woman.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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