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Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Mathers

 
 
The Mathers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
1. The Mathers Marker
Inscription. Several generations of 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 them secular authority.

Increase was the sixth son of Richard, who was first of the Mather dynasty and a 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 1690s. This effort and his role as personal advisor to the new Royal Governor, Sir William Phips, attracted such resentment that he was forced to resign as Harvard president and lose his political power. Increase spent his last days in the North End where he had lived much of his life and had raised his 10 children.
 
Location. 42° 22.048′ N, 71° 3.329′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker can be reached
Marker in Copp's Hill Burying Ground image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
2. Marker in Copp's Hill Burying Ground
from Hull Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located along the walking trail in Copp's Hill Burying Ground. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02113, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Unusual Gravestones (within shouting distance of this marker); From Colonial Burying Ground to Victorian Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Seventeenth Century Copp’s Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Copp’s Hill Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Copp's Hill Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Gravestone Art: Skulls, Wings, and Other Symbols (within shouting distance of this marker); African Americans at Copp’s Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Tombs and Monuments (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Boston.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers found in Copp’s Hill Burying Ground.
 
Also see . . .  Copp's Hill Burying Ground. Details of the Freedom Trail from the City of Boston website. (Submitted on May 14, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial Era
 
The Mather Tomb image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
3. The Mather Tomb
Cotton Mather wrote the book Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions in 1689, which incited the witch hysteria in Salem.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 692 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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