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LEISLER, Jacob (1640-1691). German-American insurrectionary leader, b. Frankfurt am Main, Germany. To New Amsterdam (1660); successful merchant and trader in furs, tobacco, and wine. Led (1689) Leisler' s Rebellion against British crown' s agent Lt. Gov. Francis Nicholson; on flight of Nicholson, proclaimed William and Mary sovereign, assumed authority and administered the government with title of lieutenant governor (1689-91). Surrendered his powers to duly appointed governor, but was tried for treason and hanged.

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