Sir John Wentworth (1737–1820) died in Halifax at the age of eighty-four. He served as lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia from 1792 to 1808. He had been close friends with John Adams and was also a former governor of New Hampshire. He married Francis Atkinson (1745–1813), née Deering, in 1769 and they were forced to flee Portsmouth, NH, for Halifax in April of 1776 during the American Revolution. However, his wife Francis was not happy with Halifax and had an affair with the visiting Prince William, twenty years her junior. John informed William’s father, King George III, of his displeasure, and William was sent back to England. Wentworth would lay the cornerstone for the construction of Government House in 1800.