Cotton Mather (1663-02-12 – 1728-02-13), A.B. 1678 (Harvard College), A.M. 1681; honorary doctorate 1710 (University of Glasgow), was a socially and politically influential New England Puritan minister, prolific author and pamphleteer.
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- Religion brought forth Prosperity, and the daughter destroyed the mother.
- Magnalia Christi Americana (The Ecclesiastical History of New England), s. 63 (1702). Mather, commenting on the spiritual condition of the colonies, cited an old saying in Latin: Religio peperit Divitias, et filia devoravit matrem.