Samuel Gorton

(c. 1592—1677) colonist and preacher in America

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founder of the ‘Gortonites’. A London clothier, c.1636 he sailed for Boston, Mass., in the hope of enjoying complete religious liberty, but there he encountered difficulties with the civil authorities. He came to hold many unorthodox doctrines, e.g. he denied that of the Trinity and professed belief in conditional immortality. His followers survived as a sect until the 18th century.

Subjects: Literature — Christianity.

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