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This Day in Boston History
December 20th, 1686
Gov. Andros Arrives in Boston
On this day
Sir Edmund Andros arrived in Boston to take up office as the first Royal
Governor of the New England Colony.
Andros asserted the Royal prerogative, revoking the charters of assemblies,
forbidding town meetings and restricting citizens from leaving the country
without his consent.
Boston's Puritans were incensed when the right of marriage was removed
from the clergy, and when he took use of the Old South Church for Anglican
services until King's
Chapel could be constructed.
At the news
of the accession of William and Mary, Boston colonials rebelled. Andros
and his officials were sent back to England as prisoners. He would soon
be named Governor of Virginia (169297) and of Guernsey (17046).