Richard Ingoldesby (1709-10)

Richard Ingoldesby took office after the death of John Lovelace. He was a hold over from Cornbury’s time and due to some bureaucratic mishaps some people doubted the legitimacy of his post. The British had no desire to appoint him to a full term.

The most interesting bit in Eugene Sheridan’s essay is the way Ingoldesby tried to discredit the Quakers in the Assembly. The Assembly was attempting to pass a bill in order to raise funds to equip volunteers to invade Canada. The Quakers, being nonviolent, came up with a way to vote down the bill but still have the non-Quaker member approve it allowing them to vote against it while avoiding the “embarrassment of thwarting a measure deemed vital to local and imperial interests.”

Ingoldesby got two supporters to vote against it on the third reading and then adjourned the Assembly in order to make filling the quota impossible. He then “joined the council in urging the home authorities to exclude Quakers from all public offices in the province.” I know. What a jerk.

The whole Glorious Enterprise bit never took off and the rest of hid administration seems to consist of him pining to be the fully appointed governor of New York.

This is the tenth 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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