Cotton Mather was a Puritan clergyman, historian, and pioneering student of science. He was of the third generation of a New England founding family. Today he is popularly associated with the Salem witchcraft trials.
Cotton Mather was born in Boston, Massachusetts, 12.02.1663. Mather was named after his maternal grandfather, John Cotton. Increase Mather, his father, a John Cotton and Richard Mather, his grandfathers, were also Puritan ministers.