CARVER, JOHN (1575?-1621), one of the "Pilgrim Fathers," first governor of the Plymouth colony in America, was born, probably in Nottinghamshire, England, about 1575. Owing to religious persecution at home he took refuge in Holland about 1607, and eventually became a deacon in the church at Leiden of which John Robinson was the pastor. In 1620 he emigrated to America in the "Mayflower," and founded the Plymouth colony. Before leaving England he had probably been elected governor; after the signing of the famous "Compact" this election was confirmed; and on the 23rd of March 1620 (1621 N.S.) Carver was re-elected for the ensuing year. Early in April, however, he died from the effects of sunstroke.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)