October 3, 1755
On October 3, 1755, the Presbytery of Hanover in Virginia was formed by six Presbyterian ministers. Samuel Davies, John Todd, Alexander Craighead, Robert Henry, John Wright and John Brown organized the presbytery (now the Presbytery of the James), which was recognized by The Synod of New York as extending into the Deep South and westward to the frontiers. Reverend Davies preached the opening sermon of the new body. The first order of business was to set aside a day of fasting and a call to arms because of the outbreak of the French and Indian War (1755-1763).