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According to Wikipedia.com, Myles Standish was an English born military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military advisor for the Plymouth colony. After arriving at Plymouth on the Mayflower, he worked on colonial defense. In 1622, he was appointed the first commander of Plymouth colony. Later, he served as Plymouth's representative in England, and served as assistant governor and as the colony's treasurer.
Standish is often remembered for his bravery in battle and his reputation as the military captain of the Pilgrims, as well as his appearance as a character in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's fictitious poem "The Courtship of Miles Standish".
The former Fort Standish, located on Lovell's Island, Massachusetts, was named in his honor, as well as the town of Standish, Maine.
Last Updated: 14-April-2016