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Wheelwright, John 1592-

Clergyman; born in Lincolnshire, England, about 1592; was a graduate of Cambridge University, England, and a classmate of Cromwell. Being driven from his church by Archbishop Laud, in 1636, for Non-conformity, he came to Boston and was chosen pastor of a church in (present) Braintree. Mr. Wheelwright seconded the theological views of Anne Hutchinson (q. v.), and publicly defended them, for which offence he was banished from the Massachusetts Bay colony. He founded Exeter, on a branch of the Piscataqua River; and when, five years later, that town was declared to be within the jurisdiction of Massachusetts, he removed with his family to Wells, Me. In 1646, he returned to Massachusetts, a reconciliation having been effected; and in 1657 he went to England. He returned in 1660, and in May, 1662, became pastor of a church at Salisbury, Mass., where he died, Nov. 15, 1679.

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