Statesman; born in Shrewsbury, England
, in 1600; was a successful merchant in London
, and, being much attached to John Davenport
(q. v.), came with him to America
, in 1637, and accompanied him to the banks of the Quinnipiac and assisted in the preliminary work of founding the New Haven colony.
He went to Hartford
, where he was chosen governor in 1639, and ruled the Connecticut
colony from 1640 to 1654, alternately, every other year, with John Haynes
(q. v.). On the death of his elder brother, Mr. Hopkins
returned to England
, where he became warden of the fleet, commissioner of the admiralty, and member of Parliament.
In 1643 Mr. Hopkins
aided in forming the New England
Confederacy, and he never lost his interest in the colonies.
At his death, in London
, March, 1657, he bequeathed much of his estate to New England
institutions of learning—for the support of grammar schools in Hartford
and New Haven, which are still kept up. He also left a donation of £ 500, which, by a decree in chancery, went to Harvard College.