Mather, Cotton

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Mather, Cotton Gender: M
born on 12 February 1663 Jul.Cal. (22 Feb 1663 greg.) at 10:27:21 (= 10:27:21 AM )
Place Boston, Massachusetts, 42n22, 71w04
Timezone LMT m71w04 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Blackwell
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 04°04' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 10°06 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 01°19'

Cotton Mather


American prominent minister and founder of Yale University in 1703. Born into a family of prominent colonial clergymen, he was educated at Harvard, receiving his B.A. in 1678 and his M.A. in 1681. A formidable scholar and scientist, he was one of the first Americans elected to the Royal Society, (1713) and a leader in the campaign for small pox inoculations. Mather became a minister in 1723 and produced over 450 books.

He criticized the procedure used throughout witchcraft trial proceedings of admitting "spectral evidence" as proof of witchcraft. His published works include "Wonders of the Invisible World," 1693 and his 1702 history of religion entitled "Magnalia Christi Americana."

Mather's had a total of three marriages and fifteen children, of whom only three survived him. He died on February 13, 1728 in Boston, MA, age 65.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Social : End a program of study 1678 (Received his B.A. from Harvard)
  • Social : End a program of study 1681 (Received his M.A. from Harvard)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1693 (Book, "Wonders of the Invisible World")
  • Work : Great Achievement 1703 (Founded Yale University)
  • Social : Joined group 1713 (Elected into the Royal Society)
  • Work : New Career 1723 (Became a minister)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 13 February 1728 Jul.Cal. (24 Feb 1728 greg.) in Boston (Age 65)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Arthur Blackwell quotes Kenneth Silverman, "Life & Times Of Cotton Mather," 1984.

Sy Scholfield notes that the time is given in the book as follows: "In this 'double house' on a steep hill overlooking Boston, the couple's first child was born at a quarter past ten in the morning, February 12, 1663."


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Hardship - Little money (13 of his children died before full adulthood)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Fifteen)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Protestant clergy)
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Creativity (Over 450 books!)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Founder Of Yale University)