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George Whitefield

(1714—1770) Calvinistic Methodist leader


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(1714–70),

the popular evangelical preacher, came under the influence of John and Charles Wesley while at Oxford. He attracted much attention by his fervent and emotional sermons. His views diverged from those of the Wesleys, as he became increasingly Calvinistic. He became domestic chaplain to Lady Huntingdon and through her patronage opened a Tabernacle in Tottenham Court Road. Whitefield died near Boston on the last of several evangelical visits to America. His Journals were published in 7 parts, 1738–41, and Hymns for Social Worship in 1753.

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