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AUSTIN, David, clergyman, born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1760; died in Norwich, Connecticut, 5 February 1831. He was graduated at Yale College in 1779, and in 1788 was settled as the Presbyterian minister in Elizabethtown, New Jersey In 1795, after his recovery from a fever, he began to preach the second advent of Christ, which he prophesied would occur in May 1796. When the day passed by he renewed his predictions, which created great excitement, and in 1797 he was dismissed from his Church. After recovering from his delusion he was installed, in 1815, as pastor at Bozrah, Connecticut, where he officiated until his death, he published "The American Preacher," by various ministers; "The Downfall of Babylon"; a "Commentary on the Bible," and several millennial pamphlets and sermons.
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