William Nelson (governor)

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Governor William Nelson of Yorktown

William Nelson (1711 – November 19, 1772) was an American planter, politician, and colonial leader from Yorktown, Virginia. In the interim between the royal governors Norborne Berkeley and Lord Dunmore, he served as governor of colonial Virginia in 1770 and 1771.[1]

Nelson was the son of Thomas "Scotch Tom" Nelson; in the early stages of the American Revolution he was an active supporter of the colonial cause, and his son Thomas Nelson Jr., went on to sign the Declaration of Independence.


  1. ^ Van Horne, John C. (editor) (1975). The Correspondence of William Nelson as Acting Governor of Virginia, 1770-1771. Charlottesville: Published for the Virginia Historical Society [by] the University Press of Virginia. ISBN 0813905850.