Benning Wentworth lorded over the brand-spanking-new Granite State from 1741 to 1767. But how much do you know about him?
1. He was super rich. Sure, his family was wealthy — his ancestor, Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, was BFFs with King Charles I. (Until he wasn’t anymore, and got beheaded. Spoiler alert: So did Charles.) But Benning made his own money too. After a financial kerfuffle with the Crown, he came out on top as governor of our new state, which we’re lucky wasn’t called Benningland or Benningsylvania. He then set to work making bank, becoming one of the richest men in New England . . .
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Illustration by Brad Fitzpatrick.