Byles, Mather (1707-1788)

Congregational clergyman, poet, and scholar. Grandson of Increase Mather.

In his time, Byles was a prominent Boston preacher. He was a Tory during the American Revolution.

Franklin was involved in obtaining for Byles an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from the University of Aberdeen.

A.B., Harvard (1725). A.M., Harvard (1728). Married Anna Gale in 1733; had issue. Married Rebecca Tailer in 1747; had issue.