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John Leverett

John Leverett
1616 - 1679

John Leverett emigrated with his family to New England in 1633, at the same time as John Cotton. Married to Sarah Sedgwick (b.1616 - d.1679) in 1647 in Louisham, Kent, England.

At the outbreak of the English Civil War, he returned to fight for the Parliamentary forces against King Charles I in 1644. Upon his return to New England, he served a term in the General Court, and was appointed as a commissioner, where he was sent to Maine to bring it under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. IN addition, he represented Massachusetts in England between 1653 - 1662. He became Governor of Massachusetts between 1673 and 1678. During his administration he successfully directed the colonial forces in King Philip's War (1675 - 1676).


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