David Hewitt

(1805-1878). First Seventh-day Adventist convert in Battle Creek, Michigan. He is prominent in SDA history mainly because of the interesting story of his first meeting with SDA s. A traveling peddler by occupation and a Presbyterian by profession, he was pointed out to Joseph Bates in 1852 as the most honest man in the town of Battle Creek. He accepted the Seventh-day Adventist doctrines, being one of the earliest non-Millerites to join the movement. He was baptized in the same year together with J. P. Kellogg. He preached occasionally, it seems, although Bates called him one of the “professed public teachers” in Michigan. He wrote several letters to, and contributed short doctrinal articles for, the Review and Herald. At the time the denominational name was formally discussed, he was ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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