Daniel Parke was apolitician who gained his first public office at age nineteen, when he was to the for James City County (1688). By age twenty-six, he had acquired a seat on the (1695–1697). He relocated to England in 1697. He served as an aide-de-camp to John Churchill, duke of Marlborough, during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714), and carried news of Marlborough’s victory at the Battle of Blenheim to Queen Anne in 1704. The queen rewarded Parke with a governorship in the Leeward Islands, a small island chain in the Caribbean, which he assumed in 1706. But Parke’s accomplishments masked a darker side. Arrogant and at times violent, he became estranged from his wife and children in Virginia, had a number of extramarital relationships, and fathered offspring out of wedlock. Ultimately, Parke’s sexual improprieties contributed to his political undoing. Residents of the Leeward Islands complained that he had “debauched” many of their wives and daughters, in addition to exceeding his authority as their governor; a bloody riot ended Parke’s governorship, and his life, on December 7, 1710, when an angry mob pulled him from his home and murdered him.