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CHEEVER, Ezekiel, educator, born in London, England, 25 January, 1614; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 21 August, 1708. He was the son of a linen-draper, received a classical education, and immigrated to America in June, 1637, in order to enjoy freedom of worship. In 1638, with Davenport and Eaton, he founded New Haven, Connecticut He was schoolmaster there, and afterward at Ipswich and Charles-town, Massachusetts, and subsequent to 6 January, 1671, had charge of the Latin school in Boston. Many of the leading citizens of the colony were his pupils. He published a volume of essays on the millennium, entitled "Scripture Prophecies Explained," and a "Latin Accidence," of which twenty editions were issued, and which was for more than a hundred years the introductory textbook of the Latin language used in New England. His funeral sermon by Cotton Mather, who was one of his pupils, was published, together with Latin poems from his manuscripts, in 1828.--His son, Samuel, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 22 September, 1639; died in Marblehead, Massachusetts, 29 May, 1724, was the first minister of Marblehead. He was graduated at Harvard in 1659, and began to preach in Marblehead in 1668.
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