John Carver


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John Carver

Governor John Carver and Indian Leader Massasoit

CARVER, JOHN, first governor of New Plymouth; born in England, between 1575 and 1590; spent a considerable estate in forwarding the scheme of the "Pilgrims" for emigrating to America, and accompanied them in the Mayflower. He was a deacon or elder in Robinson's church at Leyden, and was one of the committee sent to London to effect a treaty with the Virginia Company concerning colonization in America. When the written instrument for the government of the colony was subscribed on board the Mayflower, Mr. Carver was chosen to be governor. His wife died during the succeeding winter. Governor Carver's chair (the first throne of a chief magistrate set up in New England) is preserved by the Massachusetts Historical Society. He died in New Plymouth, Mass., April 5, 1621.



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