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George Burroughs

  • Birth 1650 Suffolk, England
  • Death 19 Aug 1692 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 8295

Victim of the Salem Witch Trials. George was raised by his mother in the town of Roxbury. George Burroughs was the only Puritan minister indicted and executed in Salem in 1692. He served as minister of Salem Village from 1680 until he left in 1683. As one of the succession of three ministers who left the Village in the years leading up to the trials, he became involved in the Village's social conflicts. Twelve years later, he was charged, arrested and brought back to Salem from Wells, Maine. Many members of the Salem Village and Andover testified against him and called him the "ring leader" of the witches, a virtual priest of the devil. Cotton Mather also took particular interest in the trial because of George's unorthodox religious beliefs and practices. He was found guilty and executed. While standing on a ladder before the crowd, waiting to be hanged, he successfully recited the Lord's Prayer, something that was generally considered by the Court of Oyer and Terminer to be impossible for a witch to do. His hanging was the only one attended by Cotton Mather.

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  • Added: 25 Jan 2000
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Burroughs (1650–19 Aug 1692), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8295, citing Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .