Meet William Bradford (Idyllwild) — November 25

William Bradford (portrayed by Logan Creighton) will be visiting on November 25, 2014 at 2pm.  This FREE event is offered at the Idyllwild Library, 54401 Village Center Drive, Idyllwild 92549.

Mr. Bradford was born on March 19th, 1590 in Austerfield, United Kingdom and died on May 9th, 1657 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  He was a signatory to the Mayflower Compact and also the first governor of Plymouth Colony.  The Mayflower Compact was an early example of American democracy.

Additional Information

  • – The purpose of this site is to offer accurate information about William Bradford, and to provide links to other sites that contain useful data about him and the times in which he lived.
  • Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement, 1608-1650 by William BRADFORD (1590 – 1657) and Harold PAGET (1876 – ).  11:15 hours.   The journal of William Bradford, who served five terms as governor of the Plymouth colony, is an indispensable document of the events of early American history. His eyewitness account includes the stories of the Pilgrims’ sojourn in the Netherlands, the voyage of the Mayflower, the hardships of the New World, relations with the Indians, and the colony’s growth from an endangered enterprise to a thriving city. This edition of Bradford’s Of Plimoth Plantation presents the text in language made more accessible to the modern reader.
  • American History Stories, Volume 1 by Mara L. PRATT ( – ).  2:58 hours.  A children’s book detailing early American history from the Norsemen to the Revolution, meant for educational use.


“He was indeed a person of a well-tempered spirit, or else it had been scarce possible for him to have kept the affairs of Plymouth in so good a temper for thirty-seven years together… The leader of a people in a wilderness had need be a Moses; and if a Moses had not led the people of Plymouth Colony, when this worthy person was their governour, the people had never with so much unanimity and importunity still called him to lead them.”
~ Cotton Mather

“He was a person for study as well as action; and hence, notwithstanding the difficulties through which he had passed in his youth, he attained unto a notable skill in languages… He was also well skilled in History, in Antiquity, and in Philosophy; and for Theology he became so versed in it, that he was an irrefragable disputant against the errors, especially those of Anabaptism, which with trouble he saw rising in his colony… But the crown of all was his holy, prayerful, watchful, and fruitful walk with God, wherein he was very exemplary.”
~ Cotton Mather

“to keep a good conscience, and walk in such a way as God has prescribed in his Word, is a thing which I must prefer before you all, and above life itself.”
~ William Bradford

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