An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Berkeley, William

(1606-July 9, 1677). Colonial governor of Virginia. He was born in or near London and educated at Queen's College and Merton College, Oxford University. He was governor of Virginia from 1642 until 1652, when he was forced out of office during the interregnum. When the English monarchy was restored in 1660 he became governor again and served until 1676. He agreed with the church policies of King Charles II. He was an opponent of Nonconformity, especially the Quakers and the Puritans. When he was governor, tithes were collected by law, and only members of the Church of England could vote. He died in England.

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