- Category : Writers-Religion-Philosophy
- Type : GE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Spirit 1
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.