Jacob Leisler Rebellion (1689-1691)

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Jacob Leisler was born in Germany; he was married to Elsje Tymens in 1663. He was a wealthy merchant, militia officer. He then led a rebellion against the policies of James II and colonial aristocrats in the colony of New York. After James II had been removed, Governor Andros was taken as a prisoner to England leaving Governor Nicholson in charge. Leisler militia got rid of Governor Nicholson and appointed himself a new governor of New York and ruled from 1689-1691, refusing to transfer the command to a pointed royal commander. Leisler lost the respect of his followers when he was heard referring to his rivals in offensive language and when he imprisoned forty of his opponents. This rebellion reflected the hostility between landholders and
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