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About Cotton Mather
Cotton Mather was a well-known American Congregational minister and author between the mid-17th and the early 18th century. He was one of the most celebrated “New England Puritan” clergymen and combined modern scientific interests with mystical strains.
Background & Education
The clergyman was born in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1674, at age eleven, he enrolled at Harvard University, becoming the youngest student admitted into the institution. He held a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degrees from Harvard.
Career & Major Works
In 1685, he was ordained as a Congregational minister and served under his father at the North Church, Boston, until 1723. He was a profound writer and extensively campaigned against the “Salem witch trials” and the usage of “spectral evidence” in the trial. His notable writings include “Magnalia Christi Americana” and “Curiosa Americana.”
He was an active promoter of the new research of experimental science in America. He carried out the initial original research on plant hybridization and the practical usage of “inoculation” to prevent smallpox contagions.
Family & Death
On May 4, 1686, he married Abigail Phillips. However, he unfortunately lost Abigail and his daughter to the 1702 measles epidemic in America.
He died at age 65 on February 13, 1728, in North End, Boston.
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F.A.Q. about Cotton Mather
When is his birthday?
Cotton Mather's birthday is on February 12, 1663.
In how many days is his birthday?
Cotton's birthday is in 70 days
How old was Cotton when he died?
He was 65 years old.
When did he die?
He died in February 13, 1728.
How old would he be today?
Cotton Mather would be 360 years old if he was alive today.
Where was Cotton from?
He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S..