Rev Samuel Mather

Rev Samuel Mather

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 27 Jun 1785 (aged 78)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 6600198 · View Source
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THE MATHERS

Several generations o great 17th and 18th century New England divines are buried here. Increase (1639-1723), the father, Cotton (1663-1728) the son, and Samuel Mather (1706-1785) the grandson, belonged to a remarkable family of ministers. At a time when the church wielded its own power and religious zeal translated into political influence, the Mathers' ecclesiastical attainments assured then secular authority.

Increase was the sixth son of Richard, who was the first of the Mather dynasty and minister in Dorchester. Increase graduated from Harvard in 1656 and within a decade began a 60-year ministry to the 2nd church of Boston. Later, he was named president of Harvard. As a powerful statesman, Increase represented Massachusetts at the British court and tried to secure a new, beneficial charter for the Colony in the early 1690's. This effort and his role as personal advisor to the new Royal Governor, Sir William Phips, attracted much resentment that he was forced to resign as Harvard president and lose his political power. Increase his last days in the North End where he had lived much of his life and had raised his 10 children.


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  • Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 12 Jul 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6600198
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Samuel Mather (30 Oct 1706–27 Jun 1785), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6600198, citing Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) .