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George Whitefield

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield

Profession: Anglican Preacher

Nationality:
United Kingdom
British

Why Famous: George Whitefield was one of the well known religious figures of the eighteenth Century, famous particularly for his preaching both in England and the American colonies.

At Oxford University he was a close associate of John and Charles Wesley and remained a strong Calvinist his whole life.

Arriving in Savannah, Georgia in the New World in 1738 Whitefield developed an emotive style of preaching called the "Great Awakening". In order to preach to large numbers Whitefield often spoke outdoors often to thousands at a time.

Whitefield travelled extensively; it has been estimated he preached 18,000 sermons during his lifetime.

Born: December 16, 1714
Birthplace: Gloucester, England
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: September 30, 1770 (aged 55)

Events in the Life of George Whitefield

  • 1740-03-25 Construction begins on evangelist George Whitefield's Bethesda Orphanage in Georgia
  • 1740-10-12 English evangelist George Whitefield preaches to 30,000 people in Boston in the US during the 'Great Awakening'

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