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date: 29 January 2020

Williams, Nathaniellocked

(25 August 1675–10 January 1738)
  • Eric Howard Christianson


Williams, Nathaniel (25 August 1675–10 January 1738), physician and educator, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel Williams, a deacon, and Mary Oliver Shrimpton. He entered Harvard College ranked ninth out of the sixteen students in his class and graduated in 1693. He took his master’s degree at Harvard in 1698 and was ordained the same year. His first preaching assignment was in a non-conformist church in Barbados where he wed Anne Bradstreet (date unknown). Of their eight children, only two daughters reached adulthood. On 17 January 1700 Williams returned to Boston, where he was retained by several prominent families as a private tutor. By 1703 he had become assistant in the Boston Latin School, becoming its headmaster in 1708....

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