Cotton Mather

1663 - 1728

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Cotton Mather (February 12, 1663 – February 13, 1728) was a New England Puritan minister and a prolific author of both books and pamphlets. One of the most important intellectual figures in English-speaking colonial America, Mather is remembered today chiefly for his Magnalia Christi Americana (1702) and other works of history, for his scientific contributions to plant hybridization and to the promotion of inoculation as a means of preventing smallpox and other infectious diseases, and for his involvement in the events surrounding the Salem witch trials of 1692–3. He also promoted the new Newtonian science in America and sent many scientific reports to the Royal Society of London, which formally elected him as a fellow in 1723. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cotton Mather has received more than 1,464,209 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Cotton Mather is the 3,195th most popular writer (up from 3,201st in 2019), the 4,178th most popular biography from United States (down from 4,011th in 2019) and the 368th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Cotton Mather ranks 3,195 out of 5,794Before him are Eduard Vilde, Auguste Barbier, István Örkény, Chairil Anwar, Juana de Ibarbourou, and Yuli Daniel. After him are Halina Konopacka, Béla Király, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Ferenc Kölcsey, Oles Honchar, and Sigurd Hoel.

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Among people born in 1663, Cotton Mather ranks 10Before him are Árni Magnússon, Guillaume Amontons, Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, August Hermann Francke, Tomaso Antonio Vitali, and Agafya Grushetskaya.  Among people deceased in 1728, Cotton Mather ranks 13Before him are Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen, Frederick Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, Davit Bek, Fyodor Apraksin, and William Ernest, Duke of Saxe-Weimar. After him are Ogyū Sorai, Augusta Marie of Holstein-Gottorp, Anna Sophie of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Camille d'Hostun, duc de Tallard, and William Sherard.

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Among people born in United States, Cotton Mather ranks 4,178 out of 15,968Before him are Arthur Melvin Okun (1928), Jackie Wilson (1934), Paul Thomas Anderson (1970), Marc Lawrence (1910), John Marley (1907), and Lloyd Bacon (1889). After him are Lois Smith (1930), Carmen McRae (1922), Chuck Schuldiner (1967), Paul Rand (1914), Thomas Jane (1969), and Sid Haig (1939).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Cotton Mather ranks 368Before him are Vonda N. McIntyre (1948), Bruce Sterling (1954), John Zerzan (1943), Jonathan Franzen (1959), Gloria Vanderbilt (1924), and Henrietta Szold (1860). After him are Emma Lazarus (1849), Howard Pyle (1853), Robert Ettinger (1918), Anne Tyler (1941), Glen A. Larson (1937), and A. Merritt (1884).