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Colonel Thomas Goldthwait, Fort Pownall, 1768

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Thomas Goldthwait was born in Massachusetts in 1717. By the 1740s he was a successful merchant and the Constable of Boston.

Goldthwait served as the Paymaster General and agent for the Crown Point expedition in 1760, and later as the Secretary of War for Massachusetts Bay and then as Commander of Fort Pownall.

Goldthwait's military career was ruined by controversy over his possible loyalty to the British crown, and he died in exile in England in 1799.

This is a photograph of a John Singleton Copley portrait painting of Goldthwait.

Other Information


  • Title: Colonel Thomas Goldthwait, Fort Pownall, 1768
  • Creator: Copley, John Singleton
  • Creation Date: 1768
  • Subject Date: 1768
  • Local Name: Fort Point State Park
  • Town: Boston, Stockton Springs
  • County: Suffolk, Waldo
  • State: MA, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions (cm): 36 x 25
  • Local Code: Photographs--OS--Box 5; 2002.500.029
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
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