Colden, Cadwallader (1688-1776)

Scientist, politician.

As lieutenant governor of New York (1761-76), Colden was a staunch Loyalist who was burned in effigy for his support of the Stamp Act.

Despite his political activity, his correspondence with Franklin was almost entirely concerned with scientific and philosophical matters.

Born in Ireland of Scottish parents. Married in 1715 to Alice Christie; children included two daughters as well as sons David and Alexander, both of whom corresponded with Franklin.