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This Day in Georgia History

May 07, 1738

Whitefield Arrived in Georgia

At age 23, George Whitefield arrived in Savannah to take over the ministry of the departed John Wesley three days before the Trustees back in London officially gave him the job. In Savannah, Whitefield began preaching and soon decided that the colony needed an orphan home. After only three months in Georgia, Whitefield returned to England to complete his ordination as an Anglican minister and also to raise money to build an orphanage in Georgia.

To view the George Whitefield historical marker, see the Digital Library of Georgia.