John Winthrop

Francis J. Bremer

in American Literature

ISBN: 9780199827251
Published online August 2012 | | DOI:
John Winthrop


John Winthrop (b. 1588–d. 1649) was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was first chosen by the investors of the Massachusetts Bay Company in 1629 and after the settlement of the colony in 1630 was selected by the freemen to serve as governor in annual elections through 1634 and then again in 1637–1640, 1642–1644, and 1646 until his death in 1649. Winthrop is considered the central figure in shaping Massachusetts and more broadly New England society in the 17th century. The lay sermon he preached to his fellow colonists on the eve of their departure for America, “A Model of Christian Charity,” set forth the aims of the Great Migration to New England in the 1630s and 1640s. This sermon has been quoted by numerous American politicians seeking to use his words to support their understanding of America’s purpose.

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Subjects: Literary Studies (American)

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