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Wilson, John

Francis J. Bremer

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0100988

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Wilson, John (1591– August 1667), clerical leader of early Massachusetts, was born in Windsor, England, the son of William Wilson, a clergyman, and Isabel Woodhall, a niece of Archbishop Edmund Grindal. His father had served for a time as chaplain to Archbishop Grindal and at the time of John’s birth was canon of Windsor. John Wilson was educated at Eton and in 1605 enrolled at King’s College in Cambridge. There he was influenced by the preaching of various Puritan clergy and by reading the Essex preacher Richard Rogers’s ...

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Subjects: Christian and Quasi-Christian Cults and Sects

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