Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

It Happened Today in New York City

On May 2, 1702, Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury, Third Earl of Clarendon, arrived in Manhattan to take up the governorship of New York. He would go on to develop a scathing reputation for foppery, corruption, bribery, and incompetence and go down in history as the worst governor ever appointed by the English crown to a colony. In recent years, there has been some scholarly attempt to refute some of these claims – most notably Cornbury’s predeliction for dressing in women’s clothes while in Crown office – but the reputation persists.

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