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Occom, Samson (1723–14 July 1792), Presbyterian preacher and writer, was born into a Mohegan community near New London, Connecticut, the son of Joshua Occom and Sarah (maiden name unknown).

At seventeen Samson Occom was converted to Christianity by Rev. James Davenport during the “Great Awakening” (c. 1730–1740), when efforts to bring the gospel to New England Indians were rekindled by evangelists. In 1743 he enrolled in ...