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