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Jeremiah Basse
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  Jeremiah Basse was born in England and emigrated to Cohansey, West Jersey by 1686. He held his first important office in 1692 when he became resident agent for the West Jersey Society, a company of English land speculators. Basse was appointed Governor of New Jersey on July 15, 1697 and assumed the office on April 7, 1698. Basse left office in 1699 and was appointed to the post of provincial secretary in 1703, after East and West Jersey were combined into a royal colony. In 1715, he lost his post as provincial secretary but filled other offices. He served for five years as Attorney General and served for brief terms as a representative from Cape May. Basse also served as collector of provincial taxes in Burlington County and provincial treasurer.
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