William Stoughton Leads the Trials
Salem Witch Trials, 1692
Who is William Stoughton?
William Stoughton was born on September 30th, 1631, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Stoughton earned a degree of theology from Harvard College and a M.A. from Oxford. Two years afterwards he became a preacher in a Dorchester church. Later on, Stoughton became a politician from 1674 to 1676 and 1680 to 1686. Although he had no legal education, he was the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s Chief of Justice from 1674 to 1683.