Received legal training in England.
Came to American, 1634, resided in Boston. Deputy governor colony of Massachusetts, 1635, 40, 53, 55-65, treasurer, 1637-1640, governor, 1641, 54, 65-72. Assistant in Massachusetts General Court, 1636-1640, 42-53.
Known as legal expert in colony, took popular side in disputes in opposition to Governor Winthrop. Denied authority of Royal Commission sent from England to investigate colony’s government, 1665.
Married Elizabeth Backhouse. Married second, Penelope Pelham, 1641.