Cotton Mather

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Birthday
12, 1663
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
Feb 13, 1728 (65)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
12, 1663
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
Feb 13, 1728 (65)

About

Perhaps best remembered for his influential and controversial role in the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692, this Puritan cleric is also known for his numerous pamphlets and published sermons. His most famous works include Wonders of the Invisible World, Pillars of Salt, and Magnalia Christi Americana.

Before Fame

After studying at the Boston Latin School, he graduated from Harvard College and subsequently became an assistant minister at his father's Massachusetts church.

Trivia

At the height of the New England smallpox epidemic, Mather challenged his Puritan contemporaries' religious objections to inoculation and became an outspoken proponent of the practice.

Family Life

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Maria Cotton (the daughter of clergyman John Cotton) and prominent Puritan minister and writer Increase Mather.

Associated With

His father, Increase Mather, was also involved in the Salem Witch Trials.