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This article contains a short biography and fast facts and information about the early American colonist, Thomas Hooker (1586 - 1647). Who was Thomas Hooker and why was he famous? Thomas Hooker was famous as a leader of the Connecticut Colony. He was a prominent Puritan clergyman and theologian who grew dissatisfied with the rigid practices and government of the Puritan church in Massachusetts and lead a group of followers to start a more liberal colony in Hartford, Connecticut.

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The following facts about Thomas Hooker provide interesting facts and an overview and description of the life and times and his involvement in the early colonization of America and the Connecticut Colony. Thomas Hooker inspired the "Fundamental Orders of Connecticut," one of the first written democratic constitutions that established a representative government.

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 Thomas Hooker Fact 1Thomas Hooker was famous as a gifted orator, outspoken Puritan clergyman and the leader of the Connecticut Colony
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 2When was Thomas Hooker born? He was born on July 5, 1586
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 3Where was Thomas Hooker born? He was born in Leicestershire, England to a Protestant  family
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 4The family of Thomas Hooker were members of the landed gentry in England and provided Thomas with an excellent education
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 5Thomas Hooker attended Cambridge University and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1608 and a master of arts degree in 1611.
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 6Whilst studying at Cambridge he became interested in Puritanism and joined a congregation of Puritans
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 7Thomas Hooker left Cambridge and became a clergyman in a Puritan congregation in Essex, England.
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 8The Puritans were targeted by the English authorities and even deemed as criminal. Thomas Hooker was forced to flee from England to Holland (the Netherlands).
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 9The Massachusetts Colony had been established in America in 1630 by Puritan leaders such as John Winthrop and Thomas Hooker was invited to join them as a minister in Newtown
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 10Newtown, or "the Newe Towne", was the original name of Cambridge, Massachusetts. After the foundation of Harvard College in 1636, the name was changed in 1638, in honour of Cambridge, England, the home of the famous English University
 
 

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The following facts about Thomas Hooker provide interesting facts and an overview and description of the life and times and his involvement in the early colonization of America and the Connecticut Colony. Thomas Hooker inspired the "Fundamental Orders of Connecticut," one of the first written democratic constitutions that established a representative government.

Facts about Thomas Hooker

 Thomas Hooker Fact 11Thomas Hooker left England for America to embark on his role as a Puritan minister in Newtown. His arrival coincided with a time of dissension amongst the American Puritans in Massachusetts.
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 12Two influential members of the Puritan community called Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson would be banished from the Massachusetts colony in 1635 and 1638 respectively and would establish the Rhode Island colony
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 13Thomas Hooker was another of the democratic Puritan dissenters who found it impossible to agree with the leaders of the colony. He was not banished from the colony of Massachusetts but instead sought and received permission to establish another colony in Connecticut.
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 14Thomas Hooker did not not differ greatly from the orthodox Puritans. He believed in the principles of Congregationalism by which local churches are largely self-governing. The Puritans believed in a government and society directly tied to the main church
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 15Thomas Hooker led about 100 people to begin a new settlement, which is now called Hartford, Connecticut.
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 16Three more settlements eventually merged to form the Connecticut Colony.
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 17Thomas Hooker inspired the "Fundamental Orders of Connecticut," one of the first written democratic constitutions that established a representative government.
 
 
 Thomas Hooker Fact 18Thomas Hooker died on July 7, 1647 during an "epidemical sickness" in Hartford Connecticut, at the age of 61.
 
 

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