Dr. Mather Almon Abbott (1919–1934)
Canadian-born, with an Oxford degree in classics, “the Bott,” as he was apprehensively referred to by a generation of Lawrenceville boys, was maniacally committed to athletics and high scholarship. Mather Abbott took his Christian name from his mother’s ancestors, Cotton and Increase Mather. On his father’s side he was the scion of English clergy. His father, the Reverend John Abbott, was sent by the Church of England to be the rector of St. Luke’s Cathedral in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mather Abbott was born there in 1874.