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George Burroughs, an American clergyman, executed for witchcraft at Salem, Mass., Aug. 19, 1692. He graduated at Harvard college in 1670, was a preacher at Falmouth (now Portland), Me., in 1676, and at Salem in 1680. 'In consequence of some dispute with his people, he returned to Falmouth in 1683; but when that town was destroyed by the Indians in 1690, he went back to Salem. Though a person of unblemished character, he became one of the victims of accusation by the confessing witches. It was testified that two of his wives had appeared to the witnesses, saying that he was the cause of their death, and threatening if he denied it to appear in court. He was also accused of performing feats of extraordinary strength by diabolical assistance, and of having "tortured, afflicted, pined, consumed, wasted, and tormented " one Mary Wolcott. Although he asserted his innocence in such a way as to draw tears from the spectators, and recited the Lord's prayer, which it was supposed no witch or wizard could repeat without mistake, he was condemned.