Hugh Peter

(c. 1598—1660) Independent minister

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(1598–1660), English Puritan clergyman, was in Massachusetts (1636–41), where he succeeded Roger Williams as pastor of the Salem church, was prominent in colonial affairs, and helped found Harvard College. He returned to England as an agent of Massachusetts Bay Colony (1641), and there, with Thomas Weld, edited and probably wrote in part New Englands First Fruits (1643). An important figure in Cromwell's revolution, he was later executed.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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