Definition of Cotton Mather from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Cotton Mather

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(1663-1728) an American Puritan minister (= church leader) in Boston. He wrote more than 400 works on religion, history, science and other subjects. His writings led to an increased fear of witches (= women thought to have evil magic powers) and helped to cause the Salem witch trials, although Mather himself was opposed to them. He also helped to establish Yale University and was the first person born in America to be elected to the Royal Society of London.