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(C.1599–1687), a Mayflower Pilgrim who held various important colonial positions, was a friend of Miles Standish, with whom he founded Duxbury. He married Priscilla Mullens (or Molines) c.1621, but Longfellow's The Courtship of Miles Standish is based on a legend that arose in the 19th century. He also figures in novels by Jane G. Austin.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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