William Shirley was a noted British colonial administrator and military leader. His talents were quickly recognized in his new home and he was named an Admiralty judge in 1733. From this time forward, he became an implacable foe of the French.Shirley was named the royal governor of Massachusetts in 1741. During King George’s War (1740-48), Shirley was responsible for planning the successful Louisbourg campaign (1745) — the only significant British victory of the conflict.Shirley was named to succeed Edward Braddock as commander-in-chief of British forces in North America during the French and Indian War. He quickly fell into disfavor, however, after a notable failure to capture Fort Niagara. He returned to Massachusetts in 1770, where he died.