Cotton Mather (3417 words)

  • Alan J. Silva (Hamline University )
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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 of the Enlightenment. Never as prominent scholastically or politically as his father Increase, who was both President of Harvard and ambassador to England, Cotton Mather is n…

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Silva, Alan J.. "Cotton Mather". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2005
[, accessed 22 January 2018.]

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