Sir John Wentworth, 1st Baronet

Sir John Wentworth ( born August 9, 1737 Portsmouth, New Hampshire, † April 8, 1820 in Halifax, Nova Scotia ) was a British colonial governor of New Hampshire and Nova Scotia.


John Wentworth graduated in 1755 with a Bachelor of Arts in 1758 and a Master of Arts from Harvard College. He followed in 1767 his uncle, Benning Wentworth, governor of New Hampshire from office. During his tenure, he was actively involved in the foundation of Dartmouth College. Although he generally mustered understanding of the colonists, he remained loyal to the crown, so he finally had to leave New Hampshire in 1775. After the American Revolutionary War, he was from 1792 to 1808 Governor of Nova Scotia. During this time he was knighted in 1795.