Thomas Weaver

c. 1641-1705

Thomas Weaver, born in England around 1641, was a graduate of Oxford University and studied law at the Inner Temple, where he was called to the bar. He arrived in New York in 1698 with the new Governor, the Earl of Bellomont. Six weeks later, Bellomont appointed Weaver to be his agent in England. Weaver remained in London beyond the time required to carry out his duties and the Governor had to force his return by withholding Weaver’s government stipend. On his arrival in New York in December 1700, Bellomont appointed him Collector and Receiver General of the Province. In 1701, Bellomont appointed Weaver to the Governor’s Council.

In 1702, when Attorney General Sampson Shelton Broughton refused to act as prosecutor in the Colonel Nicholas Bayard Treason Trial, Thomas Weaver was temporarily appointed Solicitor-General to present the government’s case. The Province was in uproar when Bayard was found guilty and sentenced to death, and Bayard’s supporters then preferred charges against Weaver who fled from New York City. In November 1702, the new Governor, Lord Cornbury, promised protection to Weaver provided he returned to New York to put the Provincial books and records in order. Weaver came out of hiding, handed his accounts to the Provincial Auditor and absconded “leaving his bail in the lurch.”

On his return to England, the London African Company appointed him Governor of the fort on the Gambia River and he died there on July 10, 1705, during a French attack on the fort.



Paul Hamlin and Charles Baker. The Supreme Court of the Province of New York, 1691-1704 (1959)


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