Mayflower Compact

first governing document of Plymouth Colony

The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was drafted by the Pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower, looking for the freedom to belive in Christianity according to their own beliefs in God. It was signed on 11 November 1620 (OS) by 41 of the ship's more than one hundred passengers, where they first landed. According to the customs of the time, the signers were all male.[1] Of the 41 men who signed the Compact, 21 died during the first year in United States of America.

Signing the Mayflower Compact 1620, a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899

List of men who signed


This is a list of names of the 41 men who signed the Compact.[2]


  1. George Ernest Bowman, The Mayflower Compact and its signers, (Boston: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1920). Photocopies of the 1622, 1646 and 1669 versions of the document pp. 7-19.
  2. Jones, Emma C. Brewster (1908). "Full text of 'The Brewster genealogy, 1566-1907; a record of the descendants of William Brewster of the 'Mayflower.' ruling elder of the Pilgrim church which founded Plymouth colony in 1620;'". p. xxviii. Retrieved 19 June 2013.