Samuel Whiting Jr.

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The Reverend Samuel Whiting Jr. (March 25, 1633 – February 28, 1713)[citation needed] was the first minister of Billerica, Massachusetts,[1] from November 11, 1663, to February 28, 1713.[citation needed]


He was the son of the Reverend Samuel Whiting and his second wife,[1] Elizabeth[2] St. John. Elizabeth belonged to the prominent landowning family of St. John of Lydiard Tregoze; she was the sister[2] of Oliver St. John, a leading lawyer and judge who was one of the foremost opponents of King Charles I of England during the English Civil War.

Samuel Whiting Jr. graduated from Harvard in 1653.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1889). "Whiting, Samuel". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  2. ^ a b John Burke & John Bernard Burke (1838). "St. John of Longthorpe". A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies of England. Scott, Webster and Geary. p. 462.

Further reading[edit]

  • “Elegy on the Rev. Samuel Whiting,[ Sr.,] of Lynn,” by Benjamin Tompson, “ye renowned poet of New England,” printed in Cotton Mather's Magnalia
  • William Whiting, LL. D., Memoirs of Rev. Samuel Whiting and of his Wife, Elizabeth St. John, with Reference to some of their English Ancestors and American Descendants (printed privately, Boston, 1871)
Preceded by
First Pastor
1663 – 1713
Succeeded by
Samuel Ruggles[citation needed]