William Hubbard (clergyman)

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William Hubbard (1621 – September 24, 1704) was a New England clergyman and historian, born in Ipswich, England.

As a child, he was taken by his parents to New England, where he later graduated from Harvard as one of nine graduates in the first commencement ceremony (1642),[1] was ordained and became assistant minister and afterward pastor of the Congregational church at Ipswich, Massachusetts, a post which he resigned just a year before his death.[2]

He wrote, at the order of the Colonial government which paid him 50 pounds for it,[a] a History of New England,[3] mainly compilation, which barely escaped destruction by fire when Gov. Thomas Hutchinson's house was mobbed in 1765. The Massachusetts Historical Society printed it in 1815. He wrote also, A Narrative of Troubles with the Indians (Boston, 1677),[4] which for years was popular in New England. The work contains a map of the greater Massachusetts Bay Colony and surrounding area, from a woodcut by John Foster and is the first printed map produced in the American colonies.[5]

Hubbard's work was reprinted at the beginning of the nineteenth century at Worcester, Massachusetts (1801) and Roxbury, Massachusetts (1805). It is full of errors, but illustrates what was regarded by the writer's contemporaries as an elegant prose style. Minor works are a volume of sermons (1684) and a short pamphlet, Testimony of the Order of the Gospel in Churches (1701).[6]


  1. ^ (equivalent to £8,611 in 2021)


  1. ^ "HARVARD UNIVERSITY Historical Facts". Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Mr. William Hubbard jr. – The History of Ipswich, Essex, and Hamilton Massachusetts". Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  3. ^ Hubbard, 1680
  4. ^ Hubbard, 1677
  5. ^ Woodward, 1967, p. 52
  6. ^ Hubbard, 1701

Hubbard, William (1680). A general history of New England : from the discovery to MDCLXXX. Boston: Charles C Little and James Brown. Retrieved 26 March 2013.