British soldier and statesman who played a key role in James, Duke of Monmouth's defeat at Sedgemoor. In John Whitbourn's 1998 novel The Royal Changeling, he is the primary character.
During the British religious strife, his property was confiscated, but it was later recovered.
His fortunes in life altered dramatically as a result of the monarchy he backed falling out of favor twice.
James, Lewis, and Theophilus were his sons.
James Oglethorpe, his son, built the Georgia colony in the spirit of the same social reforms he espoused in England.