This Week In History

September 30, 1770

On September 30, 1770, noted evangelist George Whitefield (shown) died in the manse of the Rev. Jonathan Parsons, Old South (First) Presbyterian Church of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Reverend Whitefield helped to trigger the first Great Awakening in America in the 1740s. Greatly influenced and aided by Reverend Whitefield, Parsons also was one of the Great Awakenings leading evangelists.

October 1, 1777

The Continental Congress appointed joint chaplains, including Presbyterian Minister George Duffield (1732-1790).

October 1, 1912

On October 1, 1912, the Texas-Mexican Industrial Institute in Kingsville, Texas, opened with 50 boys of Mexican descent and led by the Rev. James W. Skinner, president from 1912 - 1931. The school was approved by the Presbyterian Synod of Texas in 1910. In 1956, the school merged with the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls (opened in October 1924) to form the Presbyterian Pan American School.

October 2, 1793

Robert Hett Chapman (1771 – 1833) was ordained Oct. 2, 1793, by the New York Presbytery. Rev. Chapman became pastor of the Rahway, NJ, Presbyterian Church. He later served as president of the University of North Carolina from 1812 – 1816.