Spotswood, Alexander (1676–1740), a British colonial official. His administration of Virginia, as lieutenant governor (1710–22), was the ablest in the colony's history. He encouraged settlement of the frontier, promoted education, and initiated iron manufacturing. As a staunch upholder of British authority, however, Spotswood often clashed with the colonists. This discord led to his removal from office, but he settled in Virginia and was deputy postmaster general for the American colonies, 1730–40. Spotswood, a Scot, was born in Tangier, Morocco, where his father was a doctor.
Five men were arrested at an office suite in the Watergate complex. Learn how the Watergate break-in eventually led to the impeachment and resignation of President Nixon.
The earliest known inhabitants of Tennessee were prehistoric cave dwellers. They were followed by people known as Mound Builders about 3,000 years ago.