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date: 07 May 2021

Wigglesworth, Edwardlocked

(1693–16 January 1765)
  • Christopher Goodson


Wigglesworth, Edward (1693–16 January 1765), educator and theologian, was born in Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Michael Wigglesworth, a minister, physician, and Puritan poet, and Sybil Avery Sparhawk or Sparrowhawk. His father, a Harvard graduate, was known principally for his popular, catechistic poem “The Day of Doom” (1662). Edward Wigglesworth received early training at the Boston Latin School, then matriculated to Harvard College, where he graduated in 1710. Between 1710 and 1720 he preached in a number of churches throughout the Massachusetts Bay Colony and worked briefly for both the school at Casco Bay Fort and the Boston Latin School....

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