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Many facts relating to Governor John Carver have come to light since we made an address in the Congress of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1927, when we made the statement, "There would have been no Mayflower Pilgrims but for Rev. John Robinson." We now know there would have been no Mayflower Pilgrims but for John Carver, who was the leader of the movement in Holland to come to America. Born in Nottinghamshire, England, about 1576, and spent his early life in business, moving to London about 1603, where he acquired, in trade, what for those days was a considerable fortune. Emigrating to Holland in 1609, he joined the Pilgrims at Leyden, probably in 1610-11. His high character, his stern piety, his maturity (most of them were young men) gave him place at once among the leaders, and soon he was made a deacon of the church; his financial ability enabled him to finance the congregation in part at least, and explains, perhaps, the purchase of the Great House in which his brother-in-law Rev. John Robinson, the pastor lived, and in which the congregation worshipped.

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Augusta, Maine


John Carver, Pilgrims, Mayflower, Society of Mayflower Descendants, Maine Governor, Maine State House, Kennebec Patent




Full title: National memorial: a bronze statue of John Carver: a symbol of America erected by the United States on the terrace ground in front of the State House, Augusta, Maine, Wednesday, April 6, 1932 at 2 o'clock P.M.

National memorial: a bronze statue of John Carver