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Top 10 Boston by Patricia Harris, Jonathan Schultz, David Lyon

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Figures in Boston History

1. John Winthrop (1587–1649)

Acting on a daring plan put together by English Puritans in 1629, Winthrop led approximately 800 settlers to the New World to build a godly civilization in the wilderness. He settled his Puritan charges at Boston in 1630 (for further details see Boston Founded) and served as the governor of the new Massachusetts Bay Colony until his death.

2. Increase Mather (1639–1723)

Educated at Harvard, preacher Increase Mather solidified the hold of Puritan theologians on the Massachusetts government. When William took the English crown, Mather persuaded the king to grant a charter that gave the colony the right to elect the council of the governor in 1691. His influence was later undermined by his support ...

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