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Hooker, Thomas

Born: 1586 AD
Died: 1647 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Clergymen

1586 – Born on July 7th in Markfield, Leicestershire, England. A prominent British American colonial clergyman and a founder of Hartford, sometimes called “the father of American democracy”.

1626 – After preaching briefly in the parish of Esher in Surrey, England, Hooker became lecturer to the Church of St. Mary at Chelmsford, Essex, where he delivered fervent evangelical addresses.

1629 – Such church lectureships, an innovation of Puritanism, came under attack.

1630 – Hooker was cited to appear before the Court of High Commission.

1633 – He fled to Holland, forfeiting his bond, and emigrated to Massachusetts Bay Colony. At New Towne (now Cambridge), he became the pastor of a company of Puritans who had arrived from England the previous year; in expectation of his joining them, they had been called Mr. Hooker’s Company.

1636 – Led a group to Connecticut to settle Hartford, where he served as pastor until his death.

1639 – Active in formulating the Fundamental Orders for governing Connecticut, he preferred in church governance the more autonomous Congregational model to the hierarchical structure of Presbyterianism.

1647 – Died on July 7th in Hartford, Connecticut.