Name

John Winthrop

Career

Public life

Occupation 1

Massachusetts governor

Region

NA/New England region

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Born

1587

Died

1649

Source

Robert A. Mccaughey

Text

Leader of the Puritan migration to Boston in 1630. Had attended Cambridge and practiced law in England. Left England because of his religious views as a Puritan were at odds with the Church of England. Led 1630 expedition to Massachusetts that at the time constituted the largest single migration of Europeans to America.

Thereafter regularly elected governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. His manuscript "History of New England" the most extensive primary account of the early years of Massachusetts. Provided a daily log of the passage on the Arbella in 1630. Had built the first ship constructed in Mass. Bay, the Blessing of the Bay. Owned a farm on the bank of the Mystic River, a half-hour sail from Boston. Also shared ownership of an island in Narragansett Bay with Roger Williams. A close observer of the comings and goings of maritime traffic and the seagoing activities of Boston's merchants and Indian fighters.

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First governor and political leader of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Sailed from England to Boston in 1630.