- Simon Bradstreet
name = Simon Bradstreet
office = Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
term_start = 1679
term_end = 1686
May 24, 1689– May 16, 1692
John Leverett(1679) Edmund Andros(1689) (as President of the Dominion of New England)
Joseph Dudley(1686) (as President of the Dominion of New England) William Phips(1692) (as Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay)
March 18, 1603
March 27, 1697
Simon Bradstreet (
March 18, 1603– March 27, 1697) was a colonial magistrate, businessman and governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Simon Bradstreet was born in
Horbling, Lincolnshire. His fatherwas the rector of the parish church. Prior to his emigrationto America, Bradstreet attended Emmanuel College at Cambridgefor two years. Bradstreet married the future poet Anne Dudley while still in England. She was the daughter of Puritanleader Thomas Dudley. Dudley and others recognized Bradstreet's administrative abilities, and he was persuaded to leave for the fledgling Massachusetts Bay Colonyin 1630.
Bradstreet was chosen to fill several important positions in colonial affairs, and he served as an assistant in the upper house of the
General Courtfor most of his life. During his first twenty years in the colony, he was heavily involved in business pursuits, as well as the founding of new towns. In 1661, he was chosen as an envoy to the court of Charles II, that monarch having recently been restored to power. In 1679 Bradstreet was chosen governor of the colony. He would turn out to be the last governor under the original charter. In 1686, the colony was denied its right to self-rule, and Sir Edmund Androswas installed as governor. Bradstreet served briefly as governor again after Andros was overthrown, but Englandreplaced him with Sir William Phipsin 1692. Bradstreet continued to serve in government until his death in 1697, in Salem, Massachusetts.
Simon Bradstreet built his first home in America at the present location of Harvard Square at Brattle Street and John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge Massachusetts. [ [http://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/poets/bradstreet.php ANNE BRADSTREET ] at www.harvardsquarelibrary.org] That location is at 42°22'24.78"N and 71° 7'9.12"W.
His first wife Anne Dudley died in 1672; they had had eight children, of whom seven survived infancy. Bradstreet then married
Ann Gardner, the widow of Captain Joseph Gardner of Salem. In June 1659, Bradstreet's daughter Hannah Bradstreet(by first wife Anne Dudley) married Andrew Wiggin, son of Governor Thomas Wiggin, governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire.
Descendants of Simon and
Anne Bradstreet, daughter of Thomas Dudley
Robert Edwin Seamount
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
William Ellery Channing
Richard Henry Dana, Sr.
Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Emily Dow Partridge, a wife of Joseph Smith, Jr.and Brigham Young
Juliet Winters Carpenter
*Source: [http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/NEXUS/Nexus_10.2.3.asp New England Ancestors]
*Source: [http://www.wargs.com/political/kerry.html Ancestors of John Kerry]
* [http://www.mass.gov/statehouse/massgovs/sbradstreet.htm official Massachusetts Governor biography]
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