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Jonathan Belcher, Colonial Governor Hardcover – February 1, 1996

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As early as the eighteenth century, New England's ministers were decrying public morality in jeremiads aimed at wayward colonists. Evangelical leaders such as Jonathan Edwards called for rulers to become spiritual as well as political leaders who would renew the people's covenant with God. The prosperous merchant Jonathan Belcher (1682-1757) self-consciously strove to become such a leader, an American Nehemiah. As governor of three royal colonies and early patron of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University), Belcher became an important but controversial figure in colonial America. An insightful blend of social and political history, this biography demands that Belcher be recognized as the embodiment of the Nehemiah, perhaps as important in his own realm as Cotton Mather was in religious circles. Grappling with the contradictions of Belcher's actions, the author explains much about the complexities of the world in which Belcher lived and wielded influence and, by weaving together social, religious, and cultural history, portrays in the career of Jonathan Belcher a richly detailed synthesis of the tumultuous late colonial period.

About the Author

Born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, Michael C. Batinski teaches history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In addition to having written two books on early American politics, he serves as a member of the council of the Illinois State Historical Society.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813119464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813119465
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,309,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George L. Bustin on November 17, 2015
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This is the only biography I have found of Jonathan Belcher, and the research that went into it is impressive. However, the book is awkwardly written, with many repeated metaphors (Belcher and others as the "Nehemiah" of Puritan colonial America) and what the French call "longueurs".
If one wants to know something about Belcher, his family, his political and religious views, this is about the best one can find. Still, it is a slow, arduous read. The copy I bought from an Amazon contractor was from a public library collection and clearly marked "discarded". I think I understand why.
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I found answers to my family history. I think this is as far as i want to go back.
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