After the American Revolution who was the most famous British loyalist to go back to live in the old country?
- AndrewLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
If you're asking about Benedict Arnold, he was hardly a British Loyalist. In fact, had the Americans given him a fraction of the respect and recognition he was owed he would likely be remembered today as being one of the greatest American patriots of all time.
- MarliLv 71 month ago
Most Loyalists either remained in the United States - after all, America was their home and birthplace - or emigrated to the other British North American colonies: those that later became Eastern Canada and those in the Caribbean.
George Washington had neighbors named Fairfax, but they left for England before the revolution.
Benjamin Franklin's son William was the Loyalist governor of New Jersey. Did he die in prison or was he allowed to emigrate to England?
Benedict Arnold was an ardent "Son of Liberty" (the Sturmabteilung of the Patriots), knocking about and tarring Loyalists years before the Revolution. He was a daring, resourceful and successful American general who was entitled to promotions but was passed over several times. Definitely not a Loyalist by conviction and not regarded as one by the British and the Loyalists. His wife, Peggy Shippen, was the Loyalist in that family. (Read "Valiant Ambition" by Nathaniel Philbrick.)
I don't know if Beverly Robinson is "famous" among Loyalists. His house and property was taken over by the Patriots and used as the residence of the commander of West Point - Arnold. He was on board the ship with John Andre and would have gone to Andre's rendezvous with Arnold. He emigrated to England.
- Chances68Lv 71 month ago
Benedict Arnold, probably.