George Whitefield's First American Preaching Tour - Timeline Event

Founder

George Whitefield

Time Period

1739 - 1740

Description

George Whitefield, an Anglican itinerant preacher, established his reputation as the foremost preacher of the First Great Awakening during his first American preaching tour (1739-1740). It began in Pennsylvania on October 1739 and ended in Savannah on November 1740. During this tour, Whitefield traveled thousands of miles across the colonies on horseback, delivering hundreds of sermons. In larger urban centers, such as Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, he preached to enormous crowds that sometimes exceeded 15,000 people, by far the largest such assemblies up to that point in North American colonial history. Some suggest he may have reached at least half the population of the colonies in which he evangelized.

Whitefield’s tour made innovative use of open-air meetings to maximize the number of people who could attend, and his focus on the necessity of believers experiencing a "new birth" played an important role in influencing future evangelicals.

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Biographies

Whitefield, George

Photographs

George Whitefield field preaching- Internet Archive- from Life of George Whitefield by A George Whitefield field preaching- Internet Archive- from Life of George Whitefield by A

George Whitefield portrait- Internet Archive- from The Life of George Whitefield by Luke Tyerman George Whitefield portrait- Internet Archive- from The Life of George Whitefield by Luke Tyerman

George Whitefield preaching in Philadelphia- Internet Archive- from Life of George Whitefield by A George Whitefield preaching in Philadelphia- Internet Archive- from Life of George Whitefield by A

George Whitefield preaching at a horse race- Internet Archive- from Life of George Whitefield by A George Whitefield preaching at a horse race- Internet Archive- from Life of George Whitefield by A

Bethesda Orphanage, Georgia- Internet Archive- from Life of George Whitefield by A Bethesda Orphanage, Georgia- Internet Archive- from Life of George Whitefield by A

Book/Journal Source(s)

Mahaffey, Jerome Dean, 2011.The Accidental Revolutionary: George Whitefield and the Creation of America Waco, TX: Baylor University Press.
Noll, Mark A., 2002.The Old Religion in a New World: The History of North American Christianity Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
Noll, Mark A., 2003.The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Web Page Contributor

William S. Cossen
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in History

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