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JOHN CARVER (x575?-1621)

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 437 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JOHN CARVER (x575?-1621), one of the " Pilgrim Fathers," first governor of the Plymouth colony in America, was born, probably in Nottinghamshire, England, about 1575. Owing to religious persecution at home he took refuge in Holland about 1607, and eventually became a deacon in the church at Leiden of which John Robinson was the pastor. In 162o he emigrated to America in the " Mayflower," and founded the Plymouth colony. Before leaving England he had probably been elected governor; after the signing of the famous " Compact " this election was confirmed; and on the 23rd of March 162o (1621 N.S.) Carver was re-elected for the ensuing year. Early in April, however, he died from the effects of sunstroke.
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