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MOORE, Sir Henry, governor of New York, b.-in Jamaica, Wisconsin, in 1713; died in New York city, 11 September, 1769. He became governor of Jamaica in 1756, and was made a baronet for suppressing a slave insurrection in that year. He was appointed governor of New York in 1764, and, arriving in that city in November, 1765, occupied the executive chair until his death. He espoused the popular interest with warmth, and immediately on his arrival gained the good will of the colonists by dismantling the fort and suspending his power to execute the stamp-act. They erected floral pyramids, and made a magnificent bonfire in his honor. In December, 1767, he dissolved the assembly in order to enable it to regain the ground that it had lost in the previous election. Although as a representative of the government he was often forced to come into collision with the people, his amiability, courtesy, and indolent disposition made him a favorite with all parties except, the Presbyterians, whom he offended by his attempt to establish a play-house. He was the only native colonist that was ever governor of New York. He died suddenly, and was succeeded by Lieutenant-Governor Cadwallader Colden.
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