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It is yourselves who have called us to this office, and being called by you, we have an authority from God.




John Winthrop, 1588-1649, Puritan Minister, Governor, Massachusetts Bay Company, On Civil Liberty

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John Winthrop
John Winthrop
  • Born: January 12, 1587
  • Died: March 26, 1649
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Colonial Leader

John Winthrop was an English Puritan lawyer and one of the leading figures in founding the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the second major settlement in New England, following Plymouth Colony. Winthrop led the first large wave of immigrants from England in 1630 and served as governor for 12 of the colony's first 20 years. His writings and vision of the colony as a Puritan "city upon a hill" dominated New England colonial development, influencing the governments and religions of neighboring colonies.

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