John Alden, one of the first settlers of Plymouth, New England, was a magistrate in that colony for more than half a century, and died in 1687, aged about 89. On behalf of Miles Standish, Alden once proposed marriage to a pilgrim lady, who replied, "Prithee, John, why do you not speak for yourself? " The query led to John's becoming the lady's husband. This incident has been made the subject of a poem by Longfellow.