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Clergyman

Richard Mather, British clergyman.

Background

Mather, Richard was born in 1596 in Lowton, Lancashire, England. Son of Thomas and Margaret Mather.

Education

Privately educated.

Career

Ordained to ministry Anglican Church, 1620. Preached in Liverpool and Toxteth area (England), 1618-1633, became a leading Puritan. Forbidden to preach, 1634.

Came to Boston, 1635. Minister Congregational Church, Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1636-1669. Became leading church writer of his day.

Defended Congregational chs. in Church Government and Church-Covenant Discussed, 1643. Wrote most of “Cambridge Platform” defining church’s government and role in society. A principal backer of Half-Way Convenant doctrine established by church in 1662.

A translator of edit. of Psalms known as Bay Psalm Book, 1640. Author: A Catechism, 1650. A Defence of the Answer … of the Synod, 1662.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: A Catechism, 1650. A Defence of the Answer … of the Synod, 1662.

Connections

Married Katherine Holt, 1624. Married second, Sarah (Hawkridge) Cotton, circa 1657.

father:
Thomas Mather

mother:
Margaret Mather

spouses:
Katherine Holt

Sarah