John Lovelace is barely worth writing about. (1708-09)

So the book I’m reading through is comprehensive in giving each and every governor an essay. No matter how brief and uninteresting their tenure.

Case in point is John Lovelace. After replacing Lord “Shrieking Laughter” Cornbury who was recalled for corruption, Lovelace spent his time negotiating with the New York and New Jersey Assemblies over salary. He took office in December 1708 and by May 5th of 1709 both states agreed on salary for their new governor.

He promptly died of a stroke the next day.

This is the ninth in a series of brief summaries from The Governors of New Jersey. These posts are not meant to be comprehensive and I urge you to pick up a copy of the book if you have any interest in New Jersey history


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