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Bushe, Sir (Henry) Grattan (1886–1961), lawyer and colonial governor, was born in Trinidad on 1 January 1886, the son of John Scott Bushe, colonial secretary of Trinidad and acting governor at the time. An ancestor was Charles Kendal Bushe (1767–1843), solicitor-general for Ireland...

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Carter, Sir John Gregorio (1919–2005), lawyer and diplomatist, was born on 27 January 1919 in Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara, British Guiana, the only son and youngest of five children of Kemp R. Carter, pharmacist, and his wife, Gertrude, née Humphrys. His parents were both from ...

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Chirwa, Orton Edgar Ching'oli (1919–1992), lawyer and politician in Nyasaland and Malawi, was born near Nkhata Bay, Nyasaland, the son of Yesaya Mafananiso Chirwa (1881–1955) and Maggie Nyamazawo Nyrenda (fl. 1880–1960), both of whom had been seized as children in the last period of Ngoni raiding and brought up in the village of ...

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Cowen, Sir Zelman (1919–2011), legal scholar, governor-general of Australia, and college head, was born Zelman Cohen on 7 October 1919 in St Kilda, Melbourne, the only son of Bernard Cohen, later Cowen (1892–1975), businessman, and his wife Sara, née Granat (1893–1989). In March 1922 his father changed his surname by deed poll. Both families were part of the mass exodus of Jews from tsarist ...

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Sir Zelman Cowen (1919–2011) by Wes Walters, 2000 ? National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Gift of Marc Besen AO and Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2000

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Fitch, Thomas (c. 1700–1774), colonial governor and lawyer in America, was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, the eldest of the four children of Thomas Fitch (c.1665–1731), farmer and local office-holder, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1704?). The Fitch family was one of the most prominent in ...

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Grey, Sir Charles Edward (1785–1865), judge in India and colonial governor, was the second son of Ralph William Grey (1745/6–1812), barrister, of Backworth House, Earsdon, Northumberland, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Brandling MP of Gosforth House, Northumberland. His father, descended from a merchant family of ...

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Jeremie, Sir John (1795–1841), colonial judge and governor, was born on 19 August 1795 in Guernsey, the son of John Jeremie (d. 1810), an advocate. He attended Blundell's School in Tiverton, Devon, but left after his father's death. After studying law at ...

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Law, Jonathan (1674–1750), colonial governor and lawyer in America, was born on 6 August 1674 in Milford, Connecticut, the only child of Jonathan Law (1637–1712), farmer and local office-holder, and his wife, Sarah (1644–1706), daughter of Deacon George Clark of Milford and his wife, ...

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William Livingston (1723–1790) by John Wollaston Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc.; ? Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York City

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Livingston, William [pseud. the American Whig] (1723–1790), lawyer, political writer, and colonial governor, was born in Albany, New York, on 30 November 1723. He was the son of Catherine Van Brugh (1689–1756) and Philip Livingston (1686–1749), second lord of the Livingston Manor...

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Ludlow, Roger (bap. 1590, d. after 1664?), colonial governor and jurist, was baptized on 7 March 1590 at Dinton, Wiltshire, the second son of Thomas Ludlow (1550–1607), landowner, and his wife, Jane (1561–1648), the daughter of Thomas Pyle of Bapton, Wiltshire. He was admitted to ...

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Morris, Robert Hunter (c. 1714–1764), jurist and colonial governor, was born at Morrisania Manor, Westchester county, New York, to Lewis Morris (1671–1746), politician, and Isabella Graham (1673–1752). He obtained a classical education at home from tutors. In 1735 and 1736 he lived in ...

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Murray, Sir (John) Hubert Plunkett (1861–1940), colonial governor and judge, was born on 29 December 1861, in Manly, near Sydney, New South Wales, the elder son of Dublin-born Sir Terence Aubrey Murray (1810–1873) and his second wife, Agnes Ann (c.1835–1891)...

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Sir (John) Hubert Plunkett Murray (1861–1940) by E. C. Freedwell, 1920s by permission of the National Library of Australia P871/1-3

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Pitkin, William (1694–1769), lawyer in America and colonial governor, was born on 30 April 1694 at Hartford, Connecticut, the fourth child and eldest son of William Pitkin (1664–1723), lawyer and politician, and his wife, Elizabeth Stanley (1669–1751). A member of the third generation of ...