Austin, David was born on March 19, 1759 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Son of David and Mary (Mix) Austin.
Graduated from Yale, 1779. Studied theology under Doctor Joseph Bellamy, Bethlehem, Connecticut.
Of Congregational Ministers, 1780. Traveled in Europe, 1781, then preached in several chs., Connecticut. Ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church, 1788, became pastor Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Editor the Christian’s, Scholar’s and Farmer’s Magazine (bi-monthly), Elizabeth, from 1789. Published American Preacher, magazine, 1791-1793. Interested in prophecy, became convinced that 2d coming of Christ was near, 1791, reinforced in this belief by a case of scarlet fever, 1795, predicted the event for May 15, 1796.
Was asked to leave the Church, 1797. Spent fortune building homes and warehouses for Jews in New Haven (believed they would gather there enroute to Holy Land to await the Messiah). Pastor Bozrah (Connecticut) Congregational Church, 1815-1831.
Author: The Voice of God to the People of these United States, 1796. A Prophetic Leaf, 1798. The Millennial Door Thrown Open, 1799.