Tag Archives: Puritanism

In 1635, Richard Mather, father of Cotton & grandfather of Increase, arrives in Boston.

American Puritans

August 17, 1635: Richard Mather arrives in Boston, beginning the “Mather Dynasty” in New England Puritanism that also included his son, Cotton, and grandson, Increase.


Perhaps my favorite law from yesteryear

Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1675

May 3, 1675: A Massachusetts law goes into effect requiring church doors to be locked during services. Officials enacted the law because too many people were leaving before sermons were over.”