Portrait by Robert Feke, 1748
|2nd Governor of Massachusetts|
May 27, 1785 – May 30, 1787
|Preceded by||Thomas Cushing|
(as acting governor)
|Succeeded by||John Hancock|
|Born||August 7, 1726|
Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America
|Died||November 6, 1790 (aged 64)|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Children||James (1750) & died-young Christian (1752)|
From 1775 to 1777, he was president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress' executive council, the de facto head of the Massachusetts government. He was elected president of the constitutional convention that drafted the state's constitution in 1779.
He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Massachusetts in 1780, losing to John Hancock. In 1785, after Hancock's resignation, he was elected governor. He lost his re-election in the 1787 election to Hancock.
Bowdoin worked with Benjamin Franklin in his research on electricity. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and was a founder and first president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Manuel and Manuel, p. 247
- Winthrop, p. 130