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.

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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.”

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