Last governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who served the colony from 1679 to 1686. He was considered a political moderate who supported King Charles II's rule.
He studied at Emmanuel College in Cambridge before becoming involved in the Massachusetts Bay Company in 1629.
He was one of the justices who presided over the case of Anne Hutchinson and voted to banish her from the colonies.
His wife Anne was the daughter of Thomas Dudley, another governor and charter-signer of Harvard University.
He was on the fleet of ships that brought John Winthrop and the pilgrims to what became Massachusetts.