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Signers of the Portsmouth Compact

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See: the category for profiles of the signers. The Portsmouth Compact was a document signed on March 7, 1638 that established the settlement of Portsmouth, which is now a town in the state of Rhode Island. It was the first document in American history that severed both political and religious ties with England.

"We whose names are underwritten do hereby solemnly in the presence of Jehovah incorporate ourselves into a Bodie Politick and as He shall help, will submit our persons, lives and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and to all those perfect and most absolute laws of His given in His Holy Word of truth, to be guided and judged thereby."

It was signed by 23 men:

William Coddington
John Clarke
William Hutchinson (husband of Anne Hutchinson)
John Coggeshall
William Aspinwall
Samuel Wilbore
John Porter
John Sanford
Edward Hutchinson, Jr.
Thomas Savage
William Dyre (husband of Mary Dyer)
William Freeborn
Phillip Shearman
John Walker
Richard Carder
William Baulston
Edward Hutchinson, Sr.
Henry Bull X his marke
Randall Holden
Thomas Clarke (brother of John)
John Johnson
William Hall
John Brightman


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