Cornbury, Edward Hyde, Viscount (kôrnˈbərē) [key], 1661–1723, colonial governor of New York and New Jersey (1702–8). Appointed governor by William III, he became extremely unpopular, and his administration was a period of turmoil in both provinces. After his removal, he was imprisoned for debt in New York, but upon becoming 3d earl of Clarendon in 1709 he was able to free himself and return to England.
See H. L. Osgood, The American Colonies in the Eighteenth Century, Vol. II (1924); P. U. Bonomi, The Lord Cornbury Scandal (1998).
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