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Museum: Closed
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Today's Hours
Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Winslow, Edward
(1669-1753)
Collection: American Collection
Specialty: Silver
Considered the greatest colonial silversmith, from the superior quality of
his work, Edward Winslow was born in America, the grandson of John Winslow
who came to this country in the ship Fortune in 1621. Winslow's first
wife, Hannah Moody, was the daughter of Rev. Joshua Moody of the First
Church of Boston.

Winslow became a freeman in 1702 and, in addition to silversmithing, found
time to be very active in civic affairs in Boston. Between 1699 and 1715
he served as constable, tithingman, surveyor, overseer of the poor, and a
selectman. He began his military career as a captain of the militia, and
later served in the Boston Regiment as a major and then colonel. He also
served in the Artillery Company of Boston from 1702 to 1729, beginning as
a second sergeant and working up to the rank of captain.

From 1728 to 1743 Winslow served as Sheriff of Suffolk County and then as
Judge of Inferior Court of Common Pleas from 1743 until his death. He was
a member of the Old South Church of Boston. His nephew, Moody Russell, was
apprenticed to him, and his granddaughter married the famous colonial
portrait painter, John Singleton Copley.