William Phillips Jr.

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William Phillips Jr.
William Phillips Jr. from American quarterly register (1841).jpg
10th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
GovernorCaleb Strong
John Brooks
Preceded byWilliam Gray
Succeeded byLevi Lincoln Jr.
Personal details
Born(1750-04-10)April 10, 1750
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 4, 1827(1827-11-04) (aged 77)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyFederalist

William Phillips Jr. (April 10, 1750 in Boston, Massachusetts – May 26, 1827 in Boston) was a Boston merchant, politician and philanthropist.

Phillips was the son of William Phillips Sr., a merchant whom he joined in business and became wealthy.[1] He was a descendant of Rev. George Phillips of Watertown, the progenitor of the New England Phillips family in America.[2]

Phillips was elected the tenth Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, serving from 1812 to 1823. He drafted the letter inviting New England Governors to send delegates to the Hartford Convention of 1815. On his death, he bequeathed large sums to Phillips Academy, Andover, and to Andover Theological Seminary.[1]

Phillips married Miriam Mason (1754–1823) on September 13, 1774 in Norwich, Massachusetts. They had seven children. Phillips was the grandfather of Samuel H. Walley who was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.[3]

He was also the first president of the Massachusetts General Hospital and has a building there named after him.[4]

Phillips was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1813.[5]


  1. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Phillips, William, American educational benefactor" . Encyclopedia Americana.
  2. ^ Bond, Henry and Jones, Horatio. Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston: To which is Appended the Early History of the Town. New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1860, pgs. 872-882
  3. ^ Peabody, Andrew Preston (1890), Harvard graduates whom I have known, Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press, p. 214
  4. ^ http://www.massgeneral.org/phillips/about/
  5. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Gray
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Levi Lincoln Jr.