John Winthrop, American governor of Connecticut, army officer.
Winthrop, John was born on March 14, 1639 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States. Son of John and Elizabeth (Reade) Winthrop World War II.
Attended Harvard, 2 years.
Had commission in Parliamentary Army in England, served in military campaign in Scotland. Returned to New London, Connecticut, 1663. Deputy to Connecticut General Assembly, 1671, 78.
Appointed chief military officer for New London County, 1672. Commander Connecticut troops in fight against Dutch on Long Island, New York (Dutch forced to retreat to New Amsterdam), 1673. Fought in King Phillip’s War, 1675-1676.
Appointed to Massachusetts Government's Council by Joseph Dudley, 1686, also an assistant of Governor Andros. Appointed major general and commander united force of colonists in unsuccessful invasion of Canada during King William’s war, 1690, freed of blame for failure by Connecticut General Assembly. Governor Connecticut, 1698-1707.