John Wheelwright was an English minister who founded the town of Exeter, New Hampshire. In 1636, he emigrated with his family to Boston and began to preach there. He didn’t get along with the colonial authorities in Massachusetts Bay, though. They disagreed about religion, and the Massachusetts officials didn’t like what Wheelwright was preaching. Eventually he was banished from Massachusetts. Wheelwright, his family, and about 20 other families moved north to New Hampshire in 1638. They signed a deed, or a document, with the local Abenaki sachem, Wehanownowit, to buy a piece of land and build a town. They called the town Squamscott. Later it was called Exeter. Finally, the government of Massachusetts Bay pardoned Wheelwright, so he was able to go back to Massachusetts to live. Even though Wheelwright had left Exeter, the settlement was very successful and continued to grow.