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- Mather, Cotton 1663-1728; Am. clergyman & writer
- Mather, Increase 1639-1723; Am. clergyman & writer: father of Cotton
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, Increase 1639-1723.
American clergyman and writer. He and his son Cotton (1663-1728) exerted great theological and political influence on the colony of Massachusetts through their staunch Puritanism and prolific writing.