Biography of John Winthrop, City on Hill

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But did your reverence hear of the portent that was seen last night? -a great red letter in the sky,-the letter A, which we interpret to stand for Angel. For, as our good Governor Winthrop was made an angel this past night, it was doubtless held fit that there should be some notice thereof (144)!

The late Governor John Winthrop was regarded, as shown in the previous quote, as an angel, a savior for the colonial people. John Winthrop led hundreds of people across the Atlantic Ocean, all the while searching for the utopia. When the colonists landed in what is now Boston, immediately they named Winthrop their governor, thereby making him the first governor of Boston.

John Winthrop was born in 1587 in Suffolk, England, the first and only son of Adam Winthrop. When John was seventeen, he married his first wife Mary. Together, they had six children, however, ten years after they married, she died suddenly.

Winthrop soon remarried however, his second wife died on their first anniversary. One year later, Winthrop married yet again, this time to a woman named Margaret. Margaret was considered one of the most attractive women in American history.

Winthrop began his law education when he was in his thirties. Soon after completing his education, Winthrop left for America as he was turning forty-two with aspirations of creating "The City on the Hill." The trip across the pond took over two months. Upon arrival, colonists found nothing but expansive forests. With very little food to eat, the colonists began to starve. Over the course of the first winter, two-hundred colonists died. Winthrop used his own money to buy provisions for the colony. When his family arrived to the colony, Winthrop found that three of his children had died. Winthrop governed the colony...