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Religious Figure
    (February 12, 1663-February 13, 1728)
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Puritan preacher and scholar
    Best known for his role in the Salem witch trials (1692-93)
    Wrote ‘Wonders of the Invisible World’ (1692), ‘Essays to do Good’ (1710), ‘Curiosa Americana’ (1714) and ‘Christian Philosopher’ (1721)
    His parents were stepsiblings.
    He read 15 bible verses a day as a child.
    Despite his interest in science he believed in witchcraft.
    He had 9 children with his first wife and 6 with his second.
    He is often caricatured as a ruthless witch hunter.
    He is the quintessential ‘fire and brimstone’ preacher.
    He enrolled at Harvard at age 12.
    He came to doubt the evidence presented at the Salem witch trials and criticized the court.
    He strongly advocated smallpox inoculation (and had his house firebombed as a result).
    He came from a long line of renowned Puritan intellectuals.
    He outlived 13 of his children.

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