Miles Standish, a soldier of New England, born in Lancashire, England, about 1584, died in Duxbury, Mass., Oct. 3, 1656. He had served in the Netherlands, and on coming to Plymouth with the first company in 1620 he was chosen captain by the pilgrims, though not a member of their church. He had great courage, energy, and determination, with a fiery temper, and rendered important services to the early settlers. He commanded frequent expeditions against the savages who annoyed the settlements, and by the boldness and skill of his attacks inspired them with great awe of his military prowess. He visited England in 1625 as an agent for the colony, and brought supplies in 1626. He then settled at Duxbury, and for the remainder of his life held the office of magistrate or assistant for that town. In 1649 he took part in the settlement of Bridge-water. The corner stone of a monument to his memory was laid on Captain's Hill, Duxbury, Oct. 7, 1872. The singular circumstances of his marriage are the subject of a celebrated poem by Longfellow, " The Courtship of Miles Standish".