Cotton Mather

(3417 words)
  • Alan J. Silva


Engraving of Cotton Mather
Peter Pelham, 1727

Cotton Mather was the most preeminent Puritan theologian, natural philosopher, and historian in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. As the most prolific writer in all of New England, with some 445 printed works and numerous others left behind in manuscript, Mather shaped both the religious developments of the Puritan founders and the scientific advances of the world o…

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Silva, Alan J.. "Cotton Mather". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2005
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