Samuel Mather

(1626—1671) Independent minister

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(1626–71), Congregationalist minister. Born in Lancashire, educated in America, and having preached in England and Scotland, Mather was employed in Dublin from 1653 as a government preacher. He was appointed a senior fellow of Trinity College in 1654, and ordained in 1656. Suspended following the Restoration, he established a meeting house in Dublin. His preaching, interrupted by a short spell of imprisonment in 1664–5, continued until his death. He is best remembered for his pamphlets, mainly published posthumously, written in defence of Protestant dissent. His more renowned brother Increase (1639–1723), later president of Harvard College (1684–1701), also briefly resided in Dublin in 1658, during which time he was admitted MA at Trinity College.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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