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Samuel Davies

03 November 1723 - 04 February 1761


Samuel Davies was an evangelist and Presbyterian minister. Davies ministered in Hanover County from 1748 to 1759, followed by a term as the fourth President of Princeton University, then known as the College of New Jersey, from 1759 to 1761. Davies was one of the first non-Anglican preachers in Virginia, and one of earliest missionaries to slaves in the British colonies. He was a strong advocate for religious freedom, and helped to institute significant religious reforms in the colony. Davies was also a prolific writer, authoring several hymns and publishing a book of poetry.

  • Born: 03 November 1723, Delaware,
  • Died: 04 February 1761, Princeton
  • Family: Married to Sarah Kilpatrick and then to Jane Holt and had six children
  • Notable Works: the hymn, 'Great God of Wonders, all Thy ways'.


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