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John Winthrop born into a very comfortable life as a gentleman’s son, who could have lived very comfortably without many things to cause him any worry, but the life he chose to live was one that would be hard fought and plagued with obstacles. His straight lined religious beliefs did not allow frivolous squandering or idleness, and his homeland of England was going through a religious battle within that would not accept Johns Puritan beliefs. Winthrop’s education began when he was seven years old, where he was educated by a vicar in a church near his house. Coming from a noble family, it was customary for the sons to be educated and sent to college for a few years at least, even if they didn’t graduate. It was this education that he was receiving that would later aid him in his political offices that he would hold in England and in the Massachusetts Bay Company as a Govorner in the new country. However, Winthrop received more than just an education while he was at college; he also found a religion called Puritanism. “Puritanism was only a belief that the Church of England should be pruged of its hierarchy and of the traditions and ceremonies inherited from Rome.” –Morgan. By the time Winthrop left college to go back home and help run the family business, he had married his first wife. She would have six children with John, and die only ten years after their marriage. Less than a year after her death, he married again, but his second wife died only a year after the wedding. It was more than a year before he married Margaret Tyndal, who was reputed to be an attractive woman, which gave John an internal struggle of loving his wife, but trying to not lover her more than he loved God. Political strife in England at this time... ... middle of paper ... ...l. Winthrop was eventually voted out of the position of Governor twice, but the people in the community still came to him for guidance. Winthrop had been so involved with making sure that his colony was successful, that he had failed to closely monitor his own financial standing. By the time he was last removed from the position of governor he was almost bankrupt. As a way to thank Winthrop for all that he had done to ensure the colony’s success, they collected a donation for him and gave him a large track of land that helped ease his financial woes. Unfortunately, in the winter of 1949, John Winthrop found himself in failing health. Beginning in February, 1649, Winthrop was bedridden. He died in his sleep on March 26, 1649 at the age of sixty-one. Works Cited Morgan, Edmund S. The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop. Boston: Little, Brown, 1958.
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