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John Winthrop

  • January 12, 1587 – March 26, 1649

  • First governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony

    • Elected while still in England

  • Attended Trinity College

  • Married to Mary Forth, remarried twice

  • Had 5 children

  • Emigrated to escape religious persecution of the puritans

  • Arrived with 700 settlers

  • Sat on the council which decided to raid Native villages on Block Island (Pequot War’s first major action)

  • Actively kept one Pequot male and two females as slaves

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