Cotton Mather, Puritan minister and historian, lived pen in hand. During the course of his life (1663–1728) he published more than four hundred works including histories, biographies, sermons, scientific treatises, discussions of demonology, and pamphlets dealing with health and medicine. Mather's life was itself no less zealous and eclectic. Bearing the weight of an impressive heritage, Mather wrote an invaluable history of New England, became involved in the Salem witchcraft trials, and was among the first to advocate smallpox inoculation.Less
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