Charles Morton

(c. 1627—1698) nonconformist minister and tutor

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(c.1627–98), English Puritan clergyman and founder of a school for Nonconformists, whose pupils included the English author Daniel Defoe. Opposition to his school caused him to emigrate to Massachusetts in 1686, where after failing to achieve his desire of becoming president of Harvard he founded a school that might have become a rival college, had not Harvard authorities managed to end it, although they compensated by electing him fellow (1692) and vice-president (1697) of Harvard. He was an intellectual leader of the community, a prominent minister, and the author of textbooks on science and logic, and several volumes on religious subjects.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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