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Thomas Hooker

Thomas Hooker, 1586–1647, Puritan clergyman in the American colonies, chief founder of Hartford, Conn., b. Leicestershire, England. A clergyman, he was ordered to appear before the court of high commission for nonconformist preaching in England and fled (1630) to Holland. In 1633, Hooker immigrated to Massachusetts, where he was pastor at Newtown (now Cambridge). He had a dispute with John Cotton and apparently was discontented with the strict theological rule in Massachusetts. After a group of settlers had been sent ahead in 1635, he and many of his flock moved in 1636 to found Hartford, where he was pastor until his death. Hooker was one of the drafters of the Fundamental Orders (1639), under which Connecticut was long governed and which represent his political views. He also promoted a plan for the New England Confederation.

See biography by G. L. Walker (1891, repr. 1969).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2013, The Columbia University Press.

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Thomas Hooker, 1586-1647
Frank Shuffelton.
Princeton University Press, 1977
History of Political Philosophy from Plato to Burke
Thomas I. Cook.
Prentice-Hall, 1936
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Thomas Hooker: Puritanism Democratized"
Thomas Hooker
Warren Seymour Archibald.
Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut Committee on Historical Publications, 1933
Puritanism in America, 1620-1750
Everett Emerson.
Twayne Publishers, 1977
Librarian’s tip: "The Eloquence of Thomas Hooker" begins on p. 95
English Puritanism from John Hooper to John Milton
Everett H. Emerson.
Duke University Press, 1968
Librarian’s tip: "Thomas Hooker (1586-1647)" begins on p. 219
A History of American Literature, 1607-1765
Moses Coit Tyler.
Cornell University Press, 1949
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Thomas Hooker begins on p. 167
The American Puritans: Their Prose and Poetry
Perry Miller.
Doubleday, 1956
Librarian’s tip: "Thomas Hooker, 1586-1647" begins on p. 88
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