James Davenport (1716–1757) was an itinerant preacher and divisive figure during the religious revivals of the eighteenth century. Davenport was drawn to revivalism after hearing George Whitefield speak. In 1742, Davenport was deported from Connecticut after creating unrest at Yale between students and the school and the townspeople and their church. In 1743, he returned to Connecticut to lead a “Bonfire of the Vanities,” burning anti-revival tracts in New London. In 1744, Davenport published Confessions and Retractions, an apology for his actions, though he continued his service in the ministry until his death.

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