Josiah Winslow, Governor of Plymouth Colony

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Josiah Winslow, Governor of Plymouth Colony

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Death: December 18, 1680 (47-55)
Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Winslow Cemetery, Marshfield (Plymouth) Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Gov. Edward Winslow, "Mayflower" Passenger and Susanna Winslow, "Mayflower" Passenger
Husband of Penelope Winslow
Father of Infant Winslow; Elizabeth Burton; Edward Winslow, IV; Isaac Winslow, Esq. and Anna Corbett
Brother of Infant Winslow; Edward Winslow, III; John Winslow and Elizabeth Curwen
Half brother of Resolved White, "Mayflower" Passenger and Peregrine White, "Mayflower" Passenger

Occupation: Governor, Gov. 1673-. JB's sixth great grandfather's first cousin thrice removed, Governor of Plymouth Colony, 1673-1680
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About Josiah Winslow, Governor of Plymouth Colony

Major Josiah Winslow:

Wealthy and Harvard-educated, Josiah Winslow was a distinguished member of the "second generation." Winslow did not continue his father's good relationship with the Natives. He acquired lands by dubious methods. His high-handed treatment of Wamsutta earned him the hatred of Wampanoag leader Metacom (King Philip).

Elected the first American-born governor of Plymouth Colony in 1673, Winslow's volatile relationship with the Wampanoag leader did nothing to quell the tensions which exploded into King Philip's War in 1675. Winslow was appointed Commander of the New England forces.

  • Birth: 1629 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death: Dec. 18, 1680 Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA

Governor of Plymouth Colony. The son of Mayflower Pilgrim and Governor Edward Winslow, Josiah was educated at Harvard. In 1656 he succeeded Myles Standish as commander of the colony's military forces. Winslow was Plymouth's assistant governor from 1657 to 1673, and Plymouth's Commissioner to the New England Confederation from 1658 to 1672. He became governor of Plymouth in 1673 and served until his death, earning accolades for establishing America's first public school. In 1675 and 1676 Winslow was military commander during the action against Native Americans known as King Philip's War. [We Shall Remain - After the Mayflower will give you an idea on what caused the build up and what happened during the war and what happened to King Philip ( ) ]As governor he signed the colony's declaration of war and also issued a famous statement denying the Indians had a legitimate grievance against white settlers in New England "because the Pilgrims had honestly bought their land.

Parents: Edward Winslow (1595 - 1655) and Susanna Fuller Winslow (1595 - 1680)

Married: Penelope Pelham Winslow (1630 - 1703)


  • Isaac Winslow (1671 - 1738)

He's buried in Winslow Cemetery in Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA

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  • Record added: Jul 27, 2006
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Josiah Winslow, Governor of Plymouth Colony's Timeline

May 22, 1629
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 6
Age 6
Age 16
Age 16
March 13, 1658
Age 28
Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
April 8, 1664
Age 34
Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
May 14, 1667
Age 37
Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts