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Robert Dinwiddie


1693 - 1770

Robert Dinwiddie
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Robert Dinwiddie

Colonial Governor. Born in Germiston (Glasgow), Dinwiddie was the British Lieutenant-Governor of Virginia (1751 - 1758). He insisted that the colonies should raise money for their own protection and, having discovered George Washington's talents, sent him to resist the French. Thus Dinwiddie became an important figure in American History and has been called the "Grandfather of the United States".

He returned to Britain in 1758 and died in Bristol.


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