STANDISH, MILES, or MYLES (c. 1584-1636), American colonist, was born about 1584 in Lancashire, probably of the 1 The act of 1878, which repealed the act of 1866, merely declared that the Board of Trade should have all powers and perform all duties relative to the standards vested in or imposed upon the warden of the standards by the act of 1866 or otherwise, and the title "deputy warden of the standards " is therefore a departmental creation.
Duxbury Hall branch of the family. Nothing definite is known of him before 1620, when with his wife, Rose (d. 1621), he emigrated to New England in the " Mayflower." He became the military leader of the Plymouth colony; was sent to London in 1625 on an unsuccessful mission to secure the intervention of the Council for New England in the affairs of the colony; and in 1628 was one of the eight members of the colony who pledged themselves to pay 1800 and thus buy out the merchant adventurers. In 1631 with William Brewster and others he settled at Duxbury, where he died on the 3rd of October 1656, and where on " Captain's Hill, " near the site of his home, there is a monument to him, consisting of a stone shaft, no ft. high, and a bronze statue of him. Longfellow's Courtship of Miles Standish apparently has no basis in fact; Standish's second wife, Barbara, a sister of Rose, must have been summoned to Plymouth a year before the marriage of John Alden to Priscilla Mullins. Lowell's Interview with Miles Standish misrepresents him : he was not a typical Puritan.
See William Bradford's History of Plimouth Plantation. Tudor Jenks's Captain Myles Standish (New York, 1905) and Henry ohnson's Exploits of Myles Standish (New York, 1897) are popular sketches.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)