William Bradford was born in 1590 in Yorkshire, but he would become one of the most famous writers and leaders in American history, famous for the "Mayflower Compact" and "History of Plimoth Plantation," which wasn't published in full until 1856.

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Bradford married Alice Carpenter Southworth, the widow of Edward Southworth, on August 14, 1623.

William Bradford Achievements: William Bradford became the governor of Plymouth after the first governor died in 1621.

His writings were based on his experiences as a member (and leader) of the colony.

He wrote about their tragedies, and triumphs, as they "lifted up their eyes to the heavens."William Bradford Quotes:"And for the season, it was winter; and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search an unknown coast.

Besides what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wild beasts and wild men?

And what multitudes there might be of them, they knew not."More William Bradford Quotes:"Being thus arrived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven, who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element...But here I cannot but stay and make a pause, and stand half amazed at this poor people's present condition; and so I think will the reader too when he well consider the same."William Bradford Brief Biography:(1590-1657) American writer. William Bradford was born in 1590 in Yorkshire, but he would become one of the most famous writers and leaders in American history, famous for the Mayflower Compact and History of Plimoth Plantation, (sic) which wasn't published in full until 1856.Read more about the life and works of William Bradford.William Bradford Birth: William Bradford was born on March 19, 1590, a farming community of Austerfield, England.His father was William Bradford, and his mother was Alice (Hansen) Bradford. William Bradford Death: William Bradford died on May 9, 1657 in Plymouth.