|September 14, 2017|
John Winthrop (1588-1649) was an English Puritan lawyer and one of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He served twelve terms as Governor between 1630 and 1649 and he was one of the founders of the First Church in Boston, which was established in 1630.
John Winthrop died in 1649 and is buried at the King's Burial Grounds.
In 1880, the City of Boston commissioned a statue of John Winthrop and put it in Scollay Square at the 250th anniversary of the founding of Boston. (September 17, 1880)
The statue was moved in 1904 as the area was being refitted for the new MTA subway station. Scollay Square was renamed Government Center. The statue ended up in front of the First Church in Boston.
Note: I was able to figure out that Alessandro Nelli worked on the statue even though nobody gives him credit. His signature is on the back of the statue. His work on this statue isn't even mentioned on the Wikipedia page.
American Slave Trade
The first documented reference to the slave trade in Massachusetts is the journal of John Winthrop (the founder of Boston), who recorded on 26 February 1638 that the Massachusetts ship Desire had returned from the West Indies carrying "some cotton, and tobacco, and negroes, etc., from thence..."
John Winthrop has the earliest recorded written record of a UFO in America. In 1639, Boston Founder and Governor John Winthrop made a peculiar entry in his journal. Within, he describes how several sober men spotted an unusual object in the sky that shone as a great light. The object was large and moved across the night sky that suddenly took on the shape of a pig.
The statue located near the corner of Marlboro and Berkley Street in the Boston's Back Bay. (299 Berkeley Street, Boston MA)
February 14, 2019.
C Ryan, I am requesting your permission to use a slightly cropped (but full representative) version of your photos of the John Winthrop statue at First Church (Sept 12, 2017) as the visual in an Eventbrite announcement of a full recitation of Winthrop's sermon "A Model of Christian Charity". The free event is co-sponsored by the Partnership of the Historic Bostons (a non-profit of which I am the President) and the Winthrop Improvement & Historical Society. The date is Saturday, March 9th, at the Deane Winthrop House in Winthrop. I will credit your photo. I will hold off a day before publishing the announcement, and find another photo if you decline. Thanks in advance, John Morrison cell 781-608-0252
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