Born in Nottinghamshire, England, William Brewster was educated at Peterhouse, the oldest college at Cambridge University. He became a Puritan in the 1590s and worked for religious freedom. He was forced to hide after he published criticism of the Anglican Church and the King. Because of this persecution, he took his family and fellow worshipers to the Netherlands and then to the New World. William Brewster was the spiritual leader of the Separatists as they sailed on the Mayflower. Once they arrived in the New World, Brewster became an advisor to Governor William Bradford. “He was tenderhearted and compassionate of such as were in misery,” Bradford said of Brewster.
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 Brewster 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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