Mather, Richard was born in 1596 in Lowton, Lancashire, England. Son of Thomas and Margaret Mather.
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.
Married Katherine Holt, 1624. Married second, Sarah (Hawkridge) Cotton, circa 1657.