In 1629, when the Massachusetts Bay Company obtained a royal charter to plant a colony in New England, John Winthrop joined the company, pledging to sell his English estate and take his family to Massachusetts if the company government and charter were also transferred to America. The other members agreed to these terms and elected him governor. He died, age 61, in the spring of 1649.
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