[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]
One of the most prominent men who can be claimed as a citizen of Marshfield is the late Hon. Daniel Webster. There are many, undoubtedly, who would place him as the most prominent man; we do not. Edward Winslow, one of the three most able men in the old Plymouth Colony, and Governor of the Colony, a man in whose ability and integrity the great ruler of England, Oliver Cromwell, placed so much confidence, the father and founder of Marshfield, was perhaps as great a man in his day as Webster, but in a different sense. Winslow was the builder of a nation; Webster was the preserver of a nation. The former was one of a trio who gave life and being to the march of civilization in the incipient stages of our country's development, while the other was the defender and protector of the Union of States, formed in the days of the Revolution for self defence.
Nor were Webster or the elder Winslow the only prominent citizens of Marshfield. Josiah Winslow, the first native Governor in New England and America, and the first commander-in-chief of the New England forces, was their equal in his day. As commander-in-chief of the New England forces during King Philips' Indian war in 1676, he was acknowledged as the preserver of the Colonies in that dark period of its early and terrible struggles for a foothold on this continent. He was a scholar and a man of sufficient brain power to cope with any emergency. Others were prominent, very prominent, but these three distinguished names place Marshfield in the front rank of the historic towns of New England, and we hardly know in what order to place the renowned three.
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