Thomas Greene (governor)
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Thomas Greene of Bobbing, Kent, 2nd Proprietary Governor of Maryland (27 March 1609, Bobbing, Kent, England–20 January 1651, St. Mary's County, Maryland) was an early settler of the Maryland colony and second Provincial Governor of the colony from 1647 to 1648, having been appointed to governorship by the colony's first governor, Leonard Calvert, as an emergency measure only hours before Calvert's death. By 1648, Cecilius Calvert replaced him with William Stone, under whom Greene served as deputy governor.
Quotes about Greene
- Walking the tightrope of religious liberty between the demands of Parliament and those of the Crown was a difficult feat, and in 1651 the rulers of Maryland fell off. The Catholic royalist deputy governor, Thomas Greene, foolishly decided to recognize Charles II in the same year as the legitimate ruler of England. This proclamation naturally angered Parliament and precipated [sic] severe reaction. The following year Parliament sent to the Chesapeake colonies commissioners, of whom the angry Claiborne was one, to subdue the recalcitrants. After settling matters in Virginia, the commissioners proceeded to Maryland, where they removed the governor and ousted the proprietary. Governor Stone was reinstated….