Mather, Eleazer a Puritan minister of New England, son of Richard, and brother of Increase Mather, was born at Dorchester May 13,1637; graduated at Harvard in 1656; was ordained pastor of the Church at Northampton in 1661; and there died, July 24, 1699. He was a fine scholar, a sound thinker, and a devoted and evangelical minister. Many souls were converted through his labors, and his early death was much lamented by all the churches. — Sherman, New England Divines, p. 107; Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 1:159; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Auth. s.v.