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CLARK, Davis Wasgatt, M. E. bishop, born on the island of Mount Desert, Maine, 12 February, 1812; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 23 May, 1871. He united with the Methodist church at the age of seventeen, and three years later he became a student in the Maine \Vesleyan seminary, in Readfield, where he continued for three years, pursuing the preparatory and, in part, the regular collegiate 626 CLARK course of studies. In 1834 he entered Wesleyan University with an advanced standing, and was graduated in 1836. Soon after this he became a teacher in the department of mathematics at Amenia seminary, New York, where he remained seven years, during most of the time filling the offices of principal and professor of intellectual and moral philosophy, and also acting as preacher to the seminary. In 1843 he became a member of the New York conference, and for the next ten years was actively engaged in pastoral services in New York City and other places. In the latter part of 1853 he became editor of the " Ladies' Repository," a monthly religious and literary magazine published in Cincinnati, Ohio. In May, 1864, he was chosen, by the general conference at Philadelphia, to the office of a bishop. In 1839 Mr. Clark married Miss Mary J. Redman, of Trenton, New Jersey, who, with two sons and two daughters, survived him. In 1851 he received from his alma mater the degree of D.D. He was chosen by the New York conference as a delegate to the general conference, for the several sessions of that body, for 1856-'60, and 1864. As a preacher he was able and instructive, and in some cases intensely earnest and eloquent; as a pastor he was diligent and painstaking, and in his religious life at once cheerful and earnestly devout. He was always a laborious student. Though he was recognized as among the more conservative of anti-slavery men, yet the passage of the fugitive slave law, and its subsequent enforcement, aroused him to earnest and outspoken opposition; and when the civil war began he was among the most active advocates of the cause of the Union. After the war he entered heartily into the measure adopted by his church for improving the condition of the freedmen. On his elevation to the episcopacy, Bishop Clark's first assignment to service was to visit and superintend the work of the church in California and Oregon, which occupied him during the latter part of 1864. In 1866 his work was chiefly in the region south of Ohio river, and during that time he organized the conferences in east and middle Tennessee, and in northern Georgia and Alabama. In subsequent years he visited, in his episcopal tours, nearly every state and territory of the nation, presiding at the sessions of the annual conferences, and laboring in all ways to promote the interests of the church. Bishop Clark was rather above the average height, exceedingly well developed, and of rather full habit. His complexion was slightly florid, and his hair a dark auburn. His works include "Elements of Algebra," prepared while teaching in that department at Amenia, and "Mental Discipline," a small treatise, intended primarily for his own pupils ; also " The Life and Times of Bishop Hed-ding" and " Man all Immortal."
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