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Famous Mayflower Descendants

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Richard Gere

Actor Richard Gere is best known in Hollywood for his roles in romantic comedies, but the life of his ancestor John Billington, an Englishman who traveled to Plymouth County on the Mayflower, reads more like a crime thriller. Ten years after signing the Mayflower Compact in 1620, Billington was tried and hanged, the first-ever public execution in the New World, for the murder of John Newcomen. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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