Davies, Samuel(dā`vēz), 1723–61, American Presbyterian clergyman, b. New Castle co., Del. Ordained as an evangelist, he went in 1747 to Hanover co., Va., where he was soon the center of a revival that became part of the movement known as the Great AwakeningGreat Awakening,
series of religious revivals that swept over the American colonies about the middle of the 18th cent. It resulted in doctrinal changes and influenced social and political thought. In New England it was started (1734) by the rousing preaching of Jonathan Edwards.
..... Click the link for more information. . He went with Gilbert TennentTennent, Gilbert,
1703–64, American Presbyterian clergyman, leading preacher of the Great Awakening, b. Ireland; son of William Tennent. He moved with his parents to Pennsylvania c.1718. Installed as pastor at New Brunswick, N.J.
..... Click the link for more information. to England and Scotland in 1753 to raise funds for the support of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) and was its president from 1759 to 1761.
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Davies, Samuel(1723–61) Protestant clergyman, educator; born in New Castle County, Del. Ordained in 1747, he led the Great Awakening revival in Virginia, where he became a stout defender of the freedom of religious sects from the authority of the colony's established church. He attracted a large following as a preacher, and his sermons were widely published. In 1759 he succeeded Jonathan Edwards as president of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton) and served there until his death.
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