Cotton Mather Biography

Theologian, Journalist, Minister (1663–1728)
Cotton Mather was a Puritan minister in Boston, Massachusetts during the Colonial-era. Mather was an adviser to judges during the Salem witch trials.


Cotton Mather was on born Feb. 12, 1663 in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony. The son of Increase Mather, he was ordained a Congregational minister. He helped work to ouster the British governor of Massachusetts, Edmund Andros. Though his writings on witchcraft fed the hysteria that resulted in the Salem witch trials, he disapproved of aspects of the trials. He died 1728.

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