John Winthrop

Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop Full Name: John Winthrop
Nationality: English

Profession: Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
Why Famous: A wealthy English Puritan lawyer, he was one of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the first major settlement in what is now New England after Plymouth Colony.

His vision of the colony as a Puritan "city upon a hill" dominated New England colonial development, influencing the governments and religions of neighboring colonies.

Born: January 12, 1588
Star Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edwardstone, Suffolk, England

Died: March 26, 1649 (aged 61)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Historical Events in the Life of John Winthrop

  • 1630-05-29 John Winthrop begins "History of New England"
  • 1631-05-18 John Winthrop is elected 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

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