Speaker of the [[Great Awakening]] and author of the famous sermon "[[Sinners in the hands of an angry God]]," Jonathan Edwards (1703 – 1758 AD) was an early American Congregationalist preacher. He graduated first in his class from Yale University, and was serving as the president of Princeton University when he received the [[smallpox innoculation]], having been assured it would be safe.
It killed him.
His inspiring preaching helped start the [[Great Awakening]], which became a huge religious revival that helped unite the colonies prior to the American Revolution. [[Benjamin Franklin]] wrote about this revival:<ref>http://www.amerisearch.net/index.php?date=2004-03-22&view=View</ref>