Samuel Davies was a Presbyterian evangelist in the early American Colonies who was a high-profile preacher during the Great Awakening, and was the fourth president of Princeton University. Davies is considered by some to be the greatest of his age.
Davies once said of George Washington in a sermon:
"And has God been pleased to diffuse some Sparks of this Martial Fire through our Country? I hope he has : And though it has been almost extinguished by so long a Peace, and a Deluge of Luxury and Pleasure, now I hope it begins to kindle : And may I not produce you my Brethren, who are engaged in this Expedition, as instances of it *? * As a remarkable Instance of this, I may point out to the Public that heroic Youth Col. Washington whom I cannot but hope Providence has hitherto preferred in so signal a Manner, for some important Service to his Country.
- ↑ Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, Volume 5
- ↑ The Great Awakening: And Princeton University
- ↑ Samuel Davies
- ↑ Samuel Davies: Apostle of Virginia
- ↑ The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, Volume 5: Moderatism, Pietism, and Awakening
- ↑ Religion and Patriotism the Constituents of a good Soldier: A Sermon Preached to Captain Overton's Independent Company of Volunteers, raised in Hanover County, Virginia
- Southern Presbyterian Leaders, Samuel Davies