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PERCY, George, governor of Virginia, born in Syon House, Northumberland county, England, 4 September, 1586; died in England in March, 1632. He was the eighth son of Henry Percy, eighth Earl of Northumberland. He entered the army early in life, and, after serving in the Netherlands, came to Virginia about 1600, and in 1610 succeeded Captain John Smith as governor of the colony. He was possessed of soldierly qualities and administrative ability. His portrait, a copy of which is in the collection of the Virginia historical society, represents him with a mutilated hand, which it is said was the result of a wound from the Virginia savages. He published " Observations gathered out of a Discourse of the Plantations of the Southerne Colonic in Virginia by the English" (London, 1606); also included In Samuel Purchas's "Pilgrimes, 1685-'90" (1725). This narrative gives in minute detail the incidents of the first voyage, and of the movements of the colonists after their arrival at Cape Henry until their landing at Jamestown.
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