On this date, June 21, 1639, Increase Mather was born. He was a Puritan preacher who was very influential in the early history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was also involved in the administration of Harvard. The father of another famous Mather, Cotton, born in 1663. Increase is perhaps most infamously known for his involvement in the Salem Witch Trials that occurred in 1692.
Birth of Increase Mather