Historic Markers Across Georgia



George Whitefield



Marker ID: GHM 155-28
Location: Courthouse in Dalton
County: Whitfield
Coordinates: N 34° 46.313    W 084° 58.263
  34.77188873    -84.97104729
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4BNX
George Whitefield Marker  



Text:

George Whitefield (1714-70) was a noted evangelist, born in Gloucester, England. He met John and Charles Wesley at Oxford and with them formed the Holy club, Ordained deacon in 1736, he followed the Wesleys to Georgia in 1736 and founded Bethesda Orphanage (oldest in American) at Savannah (1740).

After doctrinal differences with the Wesleys he founded the Calvinistic Methodists.

He made seven trips to America, preaching in Georgia, Pennsylvania and New England. He died while holding a meeting in Newburyport, Mass., and is buried there.

Whitefield County (1851), created from Murray, originally Cherokee county, was named for him.

GHM 155-28 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1953



 

 

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