HOOKER, Thomas (Rev.) [1586-1647] -- American colonial preacher
Founder of the State of Connecticut and the city of Hartford, he is considered the Father of American Democracy. Renowned as a powerful and gifted preacher, whose talents and refusal to strictly conform to the tenets of the established Church of England, then under Archbishop Laud, forced him to flee to Holland in 1630. From there he immigrated to MBC in 1633. After his arrival, differences with the Massachusetts authorities, notably John Cotton, over the issue of suffrage were peaceably resolved when Rev. Hooker led a party of 100 followers overland to found the new town of Hartford in 1636. Later, this and two other settlements joined together to form the Connecticut Colony. The Rev. Hooker's liberal political principles were put into practice when the new colony adopted the Fundamental Orders - the first written constitution.
Bookmarks (off-site links)
- Vivísimo - Clustered search on THOMAS HOOKER
- Hooker, Thomas. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
- Britannia Biographies: THOMAS HOOKER On a wall near the cathedral in Chelmsford, Essex is a plaque, which states, "Thomas Hooker, 1586-1647, Founder of the State of Connecticut, Father of American Democracy."
- Thomas Hooker: Beholding the Majesty of God by Iain Murray. Originally published as a series of articles in the Banner of Truth in 1979 and 1980, here is the straight story on Puritan evangelism.
- General Thomas Hooker
- Thomas Hooker
Rev. Thomas Hooker
BY ALICE PORTER
Published in the Connecticut Magazine
July - August 1906
- Founding of Hartford, The "Fundamental Orders" 1638-39
- Faith & Freedom: Thomas Hooker Tries Democracy (Chapter 7) An excellent summary of how Hooker came to found the new colony of Connecticut.
- Introduction Use your browser's FIND to locate the reference to "hooker", about 2/3 down.
- The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut Complete text of the first written constitution.
- Fundamental Orders. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
- Monuments, memorials, &c
- New England Congregationalism
- Baptists and New England Congregationalism
- The First Church of Hartford, Connecticut, by Rev. I. N. Tarbox, D.D. New Englander and Yale review. / Volume 43, Issue 182 (Sept 1884)
- Works (sermons, &c)