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DAVIS, Henry, clergyman, born in East Hampton, New York, 15 September 1771 ; died in Clinton, New York, 8 March 1852. His ancestors were from Kidderminster, England, and parishioners of Richard Baxter. They settled in New Haven, Connecticut, and finally in East Hampton. His father was a farmer, shoemaker, and tanner. Henry was prepared for College at Clinton academy, and was graduated at Yale in 1796, when he accepted a tutorship in Williams, which he held till January 1798, going in that year to Somers, Connecticut, in order to study theology with Dr. Charles Backus. In July of the following year he was licensed to preach by the Association of Tolland County, and shortly afterward appointed tutor in Yale, where he remained until 1803. In 1806 he was called to the professorship of Greek in Union, and, after spending three years there, became president of Middlebury, and was ordained at the same time. ]'he degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by Union, and the Greek professorship again offered him, which he declined. He was appointed president of Hamilton College, where he remained until his resignation in 1833. he was active in establishing the theological seminary at Auburn, and the American board of commissioners for foreign missions. After his resignation, Dr. Davis published a " Narrative of the Embarrassments and Decline of Hamilton College" (1833). He also published many sermons and addresses.His son, Thomas T., lawyer, born in Middlebury, Vermont, 22 August 1810; died in Syracuse, New York, 2 May 1872, was graduated at Hamilton College in 1831. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Syracuse in 1833. He was counsel for the principal manufacturing establishments of that City, and took an active interest in railroad and mining enterprises. In 1862 he was elected to congress, and reelected in 1864. After that date he resided in Syracuse, devoting himself to his law practice.
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