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John Woodbridge

clergyman , banker

John Woodbridge, British clergyman, banker.

Background

Woodbridge, John was born in 1613 in Stanton, Wellshire, England. Son of John and Sarah (Parker) Woodbridge.

Education

Attended Oxford (England) University.

Career

Came to New England, 1634, settled in Newbury, Massachusetts. 1st town clerk of Newbury, 1636-1638, selectman, 1636. Deputy to Massachusetts General Court, 1637-1638, 40-41.

Schoolmaster in Boston, 1643-1645. 1st pastor church at Andover, Massachusetts, 1645-1647. Went to England, 1647, held various pastorates, 1648-1663.

Returned to New England, circa 1664, joined uncle in pastorate at Newbury. Proposed bank of deposit and issue with land and commodities as collateral, 1667-1668. Dismissed from his ministry, 1670.

Newbury’s commissioner for small causes, 1677-1679, 81, 90. Elected assistant in Massachusetts General Court, 1683-1684.

Connections

Married Mercy Dudley, 1639, 12 children.

father:
John Woodbridge

mother:
Sarah (Parker) Woodbridge

spouse:
Mercy Dudley