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Samuel Parris Biography

  • He was born in London in 1653.
  • The Parris family later moved to Barbados, where his father became a sugar planter and merchant.
  • Samuel attended Harvard College, but returned to the islands after his father's death in 1678.
  • He became a merchant, but when a hurricane wrecked his business and sugar prices were low, he sold his business and moved to Boston. He was a merchant for only eight years.
  • He tried to be a merchant in Boston but couldn't compete, so he decided to become a minister.
  • Salem Village hired him as their minister in 1688.
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