Author

Cotton Mather

American religious minister and scientific writer

1663   -   1728

country of citizenship: Great Britain
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Glasgow, Harvard University
occupation: minister, historian, theologian
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society

Cotton Mather (February 12, 1663 – February 13, 1728; A.B. 1678, Harvard College; A.M. 1681, honorary doctorate 1710, University of Glasgow) was a New England Puritan minister, prolific author, and pamphleteer. He left a scientific legacy due to his hybridization experiments and his promotion of inoculation for disease prevention, though he is most frequently remembered today for his involvement in the Salem witch trials. He was subsequently denied the presidency of Harvard College which his father, Increase Mather, had held.
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