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Sir William Berkeley
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Governor of Virginia
In office
Appointed by Charles II
Preceded by Samuel Mathews
Succeeded by Sir Herbert Jeffries
In office
Appointed by Charles I
Preceded by Sir Francis Wyatt
Succeeded by Richard Bennett
Personal details
Born 1605
Hanworth Manor,
Middlesex, England
Died 1677 (aged 71–72)
Berkeley House,
Mayfair, England
Resting place St Mary's Church, Twickenham
Middlesex, England
Nationality English
Spouse(s) Frances Culpeper Stephens Berkeley
Residence Green Spring Plantation, James City County, Virginia
Occupation Planter
Signature Signature "William Berkeley"

Sir William Berkeley (1605 – 9 July 1677) was a colonial governor of Virginia, and one of the Lords Proprietors of the Colony of Carolina; he was appointed to these posts by King Charles I, of whom he was a favourite.

As proprietor of Green Spring Plantation in James City County, he experimented with activities such as growing silkworms as part of his efforts to expand the tobacco-based economy. Berkeley enacted friendly policies toward the Native Americans that led to the revolt by some of the planters in 1676 which became known as Bacon's Rebellion. In the aftermath, King Charles II was angered by the retribution exacted against the rebels by Berkeley, and recalled him to England

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