What is your dad's job? This is a popular question among children on the playground. If somebody asked one of William's three sons this question, they may have looked at the inquisitor with a puzzled look. The trouble with answering this question is that Bradford, one of the founders of the Plymouth Colony, had many jobs in his lifetime. He is most famous for being the governor of the Plymouth Colony for thirty years. As governor, he acted as a judge, political leader, treasurer, and legislature. He played a big role in establishing the legal code of the colony. As an early settler, he was a farmer and was important in establishing the early agrarian policies of the colony. The governor was also a writer, authoring a detailed chronicle of the history of the colony. Finally, Bradford was an entrepreneur in the fur trade industry.