Samuel Sewall (1652-1730)
English-born American diarist, essayist, politician, and jurist.
Sewall is best known for his Diary (1674-1729), a fifty-six-year account of his life as an influential Puritan magistrate in Boston, Massachusetts. The most comprehensive record available today about seventeenth-century New England life, Sewall's Diary is considered by many critics one of the best written in English. Sewall is also known for his role in the Salem witch trials. Appointed in 1692 to the Court of Oyer and Terminer—created by Governor William Phips in order to deal with the rising witch hysteria—Sewall was one of the judges responsible for the sentencing to death of...
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