Cotton Mather

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Cotton Mather

England /America 1663 – 1728

Comments: Puritan minister in New England; encouraged Salem witch trials; promoted Smallpox inoculation;

Teachers: Robert Boyle; Increase Mather, father; Judge William Hathorne, of the Salem Witch Trials and Nathaniel Hawthorne's grandfather;

Students: John Cotton, son; Richard Mather, son; Nathaniel Hawthorne; H. P. Lovecraft, huge fan of Magnalia Christi Americana!; Elizabeth Drew Stoddard; Harriet Beecher Stowe; John Eliot; John Winthrop (the elder); Dr. Zabdiel Boylston; Michael Smith, author of The True Story of Father Girard and Miss Cadiere (1840); Henry Boguet, author of An Examen of Witches (1929); Richard Bovet, author of Pandaemonium (1951); Nicholas Remy, author of Demonolatry (1930); and Jacobus Sprenger & Henry Kramer, translators of the Malleus Maleficarum (1928);John Ashton; Henry Boguet (1550-1619), author of Examen of Witches [AKA Discours Sorciers];

Friends: Benjamin Colman; William Cooper; Ben Franklin supported inoculation;

Enemies: Sir Edmund Andros; James Franklin (Ben Franklin's brother who opposed inoculation); John Williams, Dr and tobacconist; Dr. William Douglass; Robert Calef, author of More Wonders of the Invisible World AKA The Wonders of the Invisible World Displayed (Salem, 1796) ; Stanislav Andreski; M.W. Annear; Arthur Miller, play-write; Rev. Henning Jacobson, of the Anti-Vaccination Society, 1879;

Organizations: Boston's original North Church; Royal Society of London;

Author: Magnalia Christi Americana (1702); Boston Ephermeris" (1686); Ornaments for the Daughters of Zion (1692); Wonders of the Invisible World (1693); The Biblia Americana (1693–1728); Decennium Luctuosom: a History of the Long War (1699); Pillars of Salt (1699); The Negro Christianized (1706); Bonifacius (1710); Theopolis Americana: An Essay on the Golden Street of the Holy City (1710); The Christian Philosopher (1721); Manductio ad Ministerium (1726); Salem Witchcraft Comprising More Wonders Of The Invisible World AKA The Wonders of the Invisible World - Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Executed in New England. To which is added a Farther Account of the Tryals of the New England Witches;

Resources: read him here - ; tee hee, too funny - ; ;