Statesman; born in Copford Hall, Essex, England
; accompanied Rev. Edward Hooker
in 1633 and in 1635 was chosen governor of Massachusetts
He was one of the best educated of the early settlers in New England
, and possessed the qualities of an able statesman.
He went to the valley of the Connecticut
with Mr. Hooker
in 1636; became one of the most prominent
founders of the Connecticut
colony; was chosen its first governor, in 1639; and served alternately with Edward Hopkins
until 1654. Mr. Haynes
was one of the five who drew up the written constitution of Connecticut
, the first ever framed in America
). He was a man of large estate, spotless purity of character, a friend of civil and religious liberty, and was always performing acts of benevolence.
He probably did more for the true interests of Connecticut
than any other of the earlier settlers.
He died in Hartford
, March 1, 1654.