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DAVIS, Emerson, clergyman, born in Ware, Massachusetts, 15 July 1798 ; died in Westfield, Massachusetts, 8 June " 1866. He was graduated at Williams in 1821, and took charge of the academy at Westfield until the following year, when he became tutor at Williams. He returned to the academy of Westfield, remaining there until 1836, and was then installed pastor of the Congregational Church of that town. In 1861 he was made president of Williams College, which place he held until 1868. He published an " Historical Sketch of Westfield" (1826); "The Teacher Taught " (Boston, 1839); and "The Half Century" (Boston, 1851), a work of great labor, which gives, in a condensed form, facts relative to the intellectual, moral, physical, and mechanical progress and discoveries of the nineteenth century. This work had a large circulation, and was reprinted in Great Britain. He published essays and sermons, and left five manuscript volumes of biographical writings upon the Congregational clergymen of New England.
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