George Pritchard (missionary)

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Portrait of George Pritchard, by George Baxter, 1845

George Pritchard (1 August 1796 – 6 May 1883) was a British Christian missionary and diplomatist.

Pritchard was born in Birmingham and studied at the mission seminary at Gosport. In 1824 he travelled to the Society Islands to undertake work for the London Missionary Society. In 1837 he was appointed British consul at Tahiti, advising Queen Pōmare IV. The Islands were annexed by France in spite of his protests, in 1843. He was compelled to leave the islands in 1844 and returned to England. In 1845 he was appointed British consul at Samoa, resigning in 1856 and subsequently living in retirement in England.

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