Thomas Hooker

Puritan minister (1586-1647)

Thomas Hooker (July 5, 1586 - July 7, 1647) was a Puritan colonial leader. Hooker founded the Colony of Connecticut after he spoke to leaders in Massachusetts. They allowed him to have a colony there. Hooker was known as an outstanding speaker. He was also a leader of the Christian suffrage.

Thomas Hooker
Statue of Puritan Rev. Thomas Hooker
Born(1586-07-05)July 5, 1586
DiedJuly 7, 1647(1647-07-07) (aged 61)
OccupationCongregationalist minister
Known forHelped found the Connecticut Colony and write one of the first written constitutions
SpouseSusanna (possibly née Garbrand) Hooker (2nd wife)
The name of his first wife is not known

Hooker was given the nickname of "The Father of Connecticut". Hooker was an important person in the early development of colonial New England. He was one of the greatest preachers during his lifetime. Hooker often wrote on Christian subjects. He became the first minister in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was one the first people to settle in Hartford and the state of Connecticut. Many people believe Hooker was the inspiration for the "Fundamental Orders of Connecticut".

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