Hunter, a colonial governor in America and later in Jamaica, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland and joined the army as a youth. In 1709 the crown appointed him captain general and governor of the provinces of New York and New Jersey; arriving in New York in 1710 he began a nine-year administration that proved both wise and popular. With Lewis Morris, first lord of the manor of Morrisania in New York, he was co-author of the first play ("Androborus," a satire) to be written and published in America.
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