Sir John Leverett, colonial governor of Massachusetts, born in England in 1616, died in Boston, March 16, 1679. At the age of 17 he emigrated to America with his father, and settled in Boston. He returned to England in 1644, took part in the struggle between the parliament and the king, and as commander of a company of foot soldiers gained military distinction and the friendship of Cromwell. He resided some years at the court of the protector, as agent of Massachusetts. On his return to America he held successively some of the most important civil and military offices in the gift of the colony, and finally in 1673 was elected governor. His administration is important in colonial history as the era of the war with King Philip, which Gov. Leverett's skill and energy were instrumental in conducting to a fortunate issue. In 1676 he was knighted by Charles II. in acknowledgment of his services to the New England colonies during this contest. He died in office. - John, his grandson, born in Boston, Aug. 25, 1662, was an eminent lawyer and judge, speaker of the legislature, member of the royal society, and president of Harvard college from 1708 until his death, May 3, 1724.