1744 – David Brainerd is ordained in New Jersey. The latter years of his short life will be spent in efforts to evangelize American Indians until his death of tuberculosis at age twenty-nine.
David Brainerd (1718–1747) was an American missionary to the Native Americans who had a particularly fruitful ministry among the Delaware Indians of New Jersey. During his short life he was beset by many difficulties. As a result, his biography has become a source of inspiration and encouragement to many Christians, including missionaries such as William Carey and Jim Elliot, and Brainerd’s cousin, the Second Great Awakening evangelist James Brainerd Taylor (1801–1829).