Edward Winslow, governor of Plymouth colony, born at Droitwich, Worcestershire, England, Oct. 19, 1595, died at sea, May 8, 1655, He joined the church of the Rev. John Rwobinson at Leyden in 1617, was a passenger in the Mayflower, and in the first conference with Massasoit offered himself as a hostage, and won the attachment of the Indian chief, which he increased in 1623 by curing him of a severe illness. In 1623-4 he made two voyages to Europe as agent for the colony. He was chosen its governor in 1633, 1636, and 1644. In 1635 he visited England again as agent for the colony, and Archbishop Laud imprisoned him for 17 weeks on the charges of teaching in the church, being a layman, and performing marriage as a magistrate. In 1649 he went to England again, and aided in forming the society for propagating the gospel in New England. In 1655 Cromwell appointed him one of three commissioners to superintend an expedition against the Spaniards in the West Indies, but he died before its completion. He was the author of several works, of which " Good Newes from New England" (London, 1624), "Hypocrisie Unmasked" (1646), and " The Glorious Progress of the Gospell among the Indians" (1649) have been republished in the collections of the Massachusetts historical society (vols, viii., 1st series, ix., 2d series, ii., 3d series, and iv., 3d series).