John Winthrop

Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop

Profession: Founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony


Biography: 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
Birthplace: Edwardstone, Suffolk, England
Star Sign: Capricorn

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

Historical Events

  • 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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