Died: 14 July 1792
Samson Occom "was a member of the Mohegan nation, from near New London, Connecticut, who became a Presbyterian cleric. Occum was the first Native American to publish his writings in English, and also helped found several settlements, including what ultimately became known as the Brothertown Indians. Together with the missionary John Eliot, Occom became one of the foremost missionaries who cross-fertilized Native American communities with Christianized European culture." (Wikipedia)
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Musical settings of literary works
- Angel's Hymn (Jeremiah Ingalls)
- Infant-Savior (William Knapp)
- Radiant Seraph (Oliver Holden)
- Slow Traveler (Jeremiah Ingalls)
- Occom, Samuel, Compiler. 1774. A Choice Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs. New London, Connecticut: Thomas and Samuel Green.
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- Brooks, Joanna. 2003. American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures. New York: Oxford University Press. 272 pp.
- Brooks, Joanna. 2006. Collected Works of Samson Occom, Mohegan. New York: Oxford University Press. 480 pp.
- Love, William D. 1899. Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England, Boston: The Pilgrim Press. 379 pp.