William Bradford Timeline

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  • 1590 - 1657
    Life of William Bradford, 2nd Governor of the Plymouth Colony.
  • Mar 1590
    William Bradford is baptized at St. Helena's Church in Austerfield, England.
  • 1597
    William Bradford lives with his uncle after his mother's death; reads the Bible and embraces the Puritan vision.
  • 1607
    William Bradford leaves England with the rest of the congregation for the Netherlands.
  • 1613
    William Bradford marries Dorothy May of the congregation; couple has one son, John.
  • 1620
    William and Dorothy Bradford leave Europe with the congregation for North America; John remains behind.
  • Nov 1620
    William Bradford is the second person to sign the Mayflower Compact establishing a democratic government for the Plymouth Colony.
  • Dec 1620
    Dorothy Bradford drowns off the coast of Massachusetts.
  • Apr 1621
    William Bradford is elected Governor of Plymouth Colony after the death of John Carver.
  • 1623
    William Bradford marries his second wife, Alice Southworth; the couple have three children.
  • 1657
    William Bradford dies of natural causes at Plymouth Colony.