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When you've got a lot of people together, it makes sense to pick someone to be in charge. As exploration expanded, individuals were chosen to oversee colonies and settlements. This section highlights those men (and some women), as well as the leaders and attendant ruling class -- nobles, peerage, wannabes and hangers-on --back home.
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Edward VI

bornactivedied
1537, Oct 121547-15531553, Jul 6
King of England and Ireland (and Supreme Head of the Church of England) from 28 January 1547 until his death. Edward's reign was marked by economic problems and social unrest that, in 1549, erupted into riot and rebellion. An expensive war with Scotland, at first successful, ended with military withdrawal from Scotland as well as Boulogne-sur-Mer in exchang...
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Benjamin W. Edwards

borndied
1780 ca1837
an American colonist in early Texas, and the leader of the Fredonian Rebellion. In 1837 he ran for governor of Mississippi, but died during the campaign. He was the brother of Haden Edwards. They both were the leaders of the Fredonian Rebellion in 1827.
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Countess Elisabeth of Nassau

aka: Elisabeth Flandrika, Duchess of Bouillon
borndied
1577, Apr 261642, Sep 3
the second daughter of prince William of Orange and his third spouse Charlotte of Bourbon. She was Duchess of Bouillon by marriage. Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, of the Duchy of Bouillon and the Principality of Sedan, sent her a proposal of marriage that she accepted. The couple had nine children. Henri tried to keep his Duchy Sedan Protestant, but had to de...
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Queen Elizabeth I

bornactivedied
1533, Sep 71558-16031603, Mar 24
Queen of England and Ireland (and Supreme Governor of the Church of England ) from 17 November 1558 until her death. In government, Elizabeth was more moderate than her father and half-siblings had been. In religion she was relatively tolerant and avoided systematic persecution. Elizabeth was cautious in foreign affairs, manoeuvring between the major powers ...
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William Ellery

bornactivedied
1727, Dec 21748-18201820, Feb 15
a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Rhode Island. In 1764, the Baptists consulted with Ellery and the Congregationalist Reverend Ezra Stiles on writing a charter for the college that became Brown University. However, Ellery and Stiles attempted to give control of the college to the Congregationalists, but the Bapt...
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Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound

aka: 1st Earl of Minto, Sir Gilbert Elliott
borndied
1751, Apr 231814, Jun 21
a Scottish diplomat and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1776 and 1795. He was viceroy of the short-lived Anglo-Corsican Kingdom from 1793 to 1796 and went on to become Governor-General of India between 1807 and 1813. In 1776 Minto entered parliament as an independent Whig MP for Morpeth. He became very friendly with Edmund Burke, whom he h...
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Oliver Ellsworth

borndied
1745, Apr 291807, Nov 26
an American lawyer, judge, politician, and diplomat. He was a drafter of the United States Constitution, a United States Senator from Connecticut, and the third Chief Justice of the United States. Born in Windsor, Connecticut, Ellsworth attended the College of New Jersey and helped found the American Whig–Cliosophic Society. In 1777, he became the state at...
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Thomas Elyot

borndied
1490 ca1546, Mar 26
an English diplomat and scholar. In 1531 he received instructions to proceed to the court of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, to try to persuade him to take a more favourable view of Henry's proposed divorce from Catherine of Aragon, the emperor's aunt. He was one of the commissioners in the inquiry instituted by Cromwell prior to the suppression of the monast...
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David Emanuel

borndied
17441808, Feb 19
became 24th Governor of Georgia on March 3, 1801 upon the resignation of James Jackson to become U.S. Senator from Georgia. Emanuel served until November 7, 1801, the remainder of Jackson's term, but did not seek re-election. Emanuel was a member of the Democratic Republican Party. Prior to serving as governor he was the President of the Georgia Senate.
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Emilia of Nassau

borndied
1569, Apr 101629, Mar 16
the third and youngest daughter of William the Silent and his second wife Anna of Saxony. After her father's death she acted as hostess at the court of her brother, Maurice. It was on one of those occasions that she met Dom Manuel de Portugal, (son of pretender to the Portuguese throne, António, Prior of Crato). She secretly wed him in 1597. Maurice was fir...
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John Endecott

aka: Endicott
borndied
1588-1664/65
regarded as one of the Fathers of New England, was the longest-serving Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which became the State of Massachusetts. He served a total of 16 years including most of the last 15 years of his life. When not serving as governor, he was involved in other elected and appointed positions from 1628-1665 except for the single yea...
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Ang Eng

aka: Noreay Reachea III
borndied
17731796, Nov 8
king of Cambodia from 1779 to his death in 1796. He reign under the name of Noreay Reachea III.
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Olav Engelbrektsson

bornactivedied
1480 ca1533-15371538, Feb 7
the 28th Archbishop of Norway from 1523 to 1537, the Regent of Norway from 1533 to 1537, a member and later president of the Riksråd (Council of the Realm), and a member of the Norwegian nobility. He was the last Roman Catholic to be the Archbishop of Norway before he fled to exile in 1537.
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Adolf Esmit

aka: Adolph
bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
governor of St. Thomas in the Danish West Indies from 1683 to 1684, and again from 1687 to 1688. He was born in Holstein. His older brother Nicolai Esmit preceded him as governor of St. Thomas. During his rule, St. Thomas gained a reputation of being a haven for pirates.
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Isabella Clara Eugenia

aka: Clara Isabella
borndied
1566, Aug 121633, Dec 1
sovereign of the Spanish Netherlands in the Low Countries and the north of modern France, together with her husband Albert VII, Archduke of Austria. By birth, she was an infanta of Spain and Portugal. Isabella grew up with her sister, beloved by her father and her stepmother and first cousin, Anna of Austria, Philip's fourth wife. Philip ultimately fathered ...
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Edward John Eyre

borndied
1815, Aug 51901, Nov 30
an English land explorer of the Australian continent, colonial administrator, and a controversial Governor of Jamaica. When South Australia was founded, Eyre brought 1,000 sheep and 600 cattle overland from Monaro, New South Wales to Adelaide and sold them for a large profit. With this money, Eyre set out to explore the interior of South Australia, with two ...
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