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 1738 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.
Whitfield County (1851), created from Murray, originally Cherokee county, was named for him.
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Wikipedia: Anthony Johnson Showalter (May 1, 1858 – September 14, 1924) was an American gospel music composer, teacher and publisher. He was born in Cherry Grove, Virginia. Showalter was trained in the Ruebush-Kieffer School of Music and was teaching in shape note singing schools by age fourteen. In 1884, he formed the Showalter Music Company of Dalton, Georgia. He was also an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dalton. Read more...