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Samson Occom
Date: Mohegan, 1723– 1972
Remarks: Influenced by the 'Great Awakening,' Occom became a preacher. He went to the Wheelock school and was later ordained by the Long Island Presbytery. He taught and preached to his people with support from George Whitefield and King George III. He wrote many hymns, a history of his life and a book about the manners and customs of the Montauk tribe. He was the first Indian preacher to visit Great Britain. He helped raise the funds necessary to start Dartmouth college, although he wanted the money for the Wheelock school.