William Bradford was from Austerfield, Yorkshire, England. He came with his wife Dorothy (May) Bradford who was from Wisbech, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England. Dorothy died in 1620 shortly after reaching the New World. In 1623, William Bradford married Alice Southworth and the couple had three children, William, Mercy, and Joseph, all of whom survived to adulthood and married. After the death of the first Governor John Carver, William was elected to lead Plymouth Colony and was subsequently re-elected 31 times before his death. Later in his life, Bradford acted as Plymouth commissioner of the United Colonies and was president in 1652 and 1656.
The Mayflower left England in September 1620 with 102 men, women and children bound for Virginia. After 65 days they arrived far north of their preferred destination. They created a government on arrival forming the Mayflower Compact, which stated the colonists would create “laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices…,” follow their Christian faith, work together for the common good, and be loyal subjects to King James.
This William Bradford history mug is part of our Mayflower history series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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