This Day In History
Sunday, August 18, 2019
On This Day

1638

Events

March 22, 1638

Anne Hutchinson is expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent. When asked, during her civil trial, how she knew that "God will ruine you and your posterity..." she answered "By an immediate revelation," thus proving her heresy to the ministers, leading to excommunication proceedings conducted before the Boston church in March 1638. They accused Hutchinson of blasphemy. They also accused her of "lewd and lascivious conduct" for having men and women in her house at the same time during her Sunday meetings. On 22 March, this religious court found her guilty and voted to excommunicate her from the Puritan Church for dissenting from Puritan orthodoxy.
Anne Hutchinson

Births

Deaths

September 14, 1638
John Harvard

John Harvard was an English minister in America whose deathbed[citation needed] bequest to the Massachusetts Bay Colony's fledgling New College was so gratefully received that the school was renamed Harvard College in his honor.
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