Plymouth Colony founder William Brewster died this day, April 18, 1644. He helped lead the Pilgrim's Church in England, allowing them to meet for worship at his home. He was captured, imprisoned and later fled with them to Holland. He sailed with the Pilgrims to America, signed the Mayflower Compact and was elected a ruling elder. Gov. William Bradford wrote of him: "My dear and loving friend, Mr. William Brewster ... had ... suffered much ... for ... the gospel's sake and ... this poor persecuted church for over 35 years in England, Holland and this wilderness."