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Henry Tew (1654 - 26 Apr 1718)[1] was a deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. He was the son of Richard and Mary (Clarke) Tew who arrived in New England in 1640, and the grandson of Henry Tew of Maidford, Northamptonshire, England.[1] From 1680 to 1698 he served continuously as Deputy from Newport, and during most of the years from 1703 to 1712 he served as Assistant. He was on many committees during his life, one of the later ones being to advise Governor Cranston on matters concerning the expedition against Canada.[1] In 1714 he succeeded the late Walter Clarke as Deputy Governor, serving for a single year.[1] Tew wrote his will on 20 April 1718, dying six days later.[1] He was married twice, having nine children by his first wife, and nine by his second.[2] He and both wives are buried in a family burial ground half a mile north of Sachuest Beach, in Middletown, Rhode Island.[1] There is some evidence that Tew was the brother of the privateer and pirate, Thomas Tew.[1]

Henry Tew
16th Deputy Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
In office
GovernorSamuel Cranston
Preceded byWalter Clarke
Succeeded byJoseph Jenckes
Personal details
Newport, Rhode Island
Died26 April 1718
Newport, Rhode Island
Spouse(s)(1) Dorcas _______
(2) Sarah _________
OccupationAssistant, Deputy, Major for the Island, Deputy Governor


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Austin, p. 394.
  2. ^ Austin, pp. 395-7.


  • Austin, John Osborne (1887). Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island. Albany, New York: J. Munsell's Sons. ISBN 978-0-8063-0006-1.

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