b. January 12, 1587; d. March 26, 1649
John Winthrop was born on January 12th, 1587 in Suffolk, England, and was the leader of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, founded as a result of the Puritan Great Migration from England to North America in 1630. He was also the founder of the city of Boston and served eighteen terms as the Massachussetts Bay Colony governor. Growing up in England, Winthrop became a Puritan at a young age. Puritans believed that the Anglican Church was not separated enough from the Catholic Church and thus developed a stricter, more Bible-based form of Christianity. Most notable among his writing are A Model of Christian Charity and his history of the colonization of New England.