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Bradford, William
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(1590, Austerfield, Yorkshire; baptized Mar 19, 1590 – May 9, 1657, Plymouth, MA), governor and historian of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Bradford belonged to the Separatist congregation at Scrooby, England, which in 1620 migrated to New England because of persecution. From 1621 until his death he was elected governor almost annually and guided the colony to economic stability. He reinforced the Puritan orthodoxy shared with Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut.


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Of Plymouth Plantation, ed. S. Eliot Mo…

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Hambrick-Stowe, Charles E., “Bradford, William”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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