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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Winthrop, John 1606-1649 (search)
tion for the relief of the Huguenots of La Rochelle, in 1627; and the next year was attached to the English embassy at Constantinople. In 1631 he came to America, but soon returned to England. He was sent back in 1635, as governor of the Connecticut colony, by Lords Say and Seal and Brook, built a fort at the mouth of the Connecticut River, and there began a village named Say-Brook. In 1645 he founded New London, on the Thames. Under the constitution of the colony he was succeeded by John Hayne, and was elected governor in 1657, and again in 1659. He held the office until his death. After the accession of Charles II. (1660) Winthrop went to England to obtain a charter from the King. The colonists had been sturdy republicans during the interregnum, and the King did not feel well disposed towards them, and at first he refused to grant them a charter. Finally, when Winthrop presented his Majesty with a ring which Charles I. had given to his father, the heart of the monarch was