1866–1931
portrait

Ju­ly 30, 1866, Wheel­ock, Ver­mont.

March 15, 1931, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

Davis grew up in White River Junc­tion, Ver­mont, and by age 15 was an ex­pert tel­e­graph op­er­at­or.

He at­tend­ed St. Johns­bu­ry Acad­e­my and Dart­mouth Col­lege, Han­o­ver, New Hamp­shire (BA 1889, Phi Be­ta Kap­pa). With the aid of a fel­low­ship from Hart­ford The­o­lo­gi­cal Se­mi­na­ry, he earned MA and PhD de­grees from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny.

Ordained in 1896, He served pas­tor­ates in Spring­field, Ver­mont; New­ton­ville, Mas­sa­chu­setts; and New Bri­tain, Con­nec­ti­cut.

From 1909–29, he was pre­si­dent of Chi­ca­go The­o­lo­gi­cal Se­mi­na­ry. Dart­mouth Col­lege grant­ed him a DD de­gree in 1909, and Co­lo­ra­do Col­lege an LLD in 1921.

In 1927, he be­came mod­er­at­or of the Na­tion­al Coun­cil of Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church­es.

His works in­clude:

  1. All My Hea­vy Bur­dens Now Are Gone
  2. All the World Is Groan­ing
  3. At Length There Dawns the Glo­ri­ous Day
  4. Ever Since the Sav­ior Came
  5. Every Hour of Ev­ery Day
  6. Here’s My Hand, Dear Lord
  7. I Have a Great Sav­ior
  8. I Have a Man­sion Wait­ing Yon­der
  9. I Have a Won­der­ful Feel­ing
  10. I Want the Bless­ed Lord to Go Along
  11. If for Wealth and for Fame You Are Bar­ter­ing
  12. If You Are in Trou­ble and Need a True Friend
  13. I’m Look­ing for the Lord to Come
  14. In This World of Dis­ap­point­ments
  15. I’ve Left the Wil­der­ness of Sin
  16. Jesus Said, Come Fol­low Me
  17. Look Down on Me, O Bless­ed Lord
  18. Love of Jesus to Me Is Great­er, The
  19. Lord, Give Us a Vi­sion of Souls Gone As­tray
  20. Lord in His Mer­cy Is Plead­ing To­night, The
  21. My Soul Cries Out, O Thank You Lord
  22. O Ho­ly Spir­it, Gra­cious Gift Di­vine
  23. Of the Time and Sea­son, Chris­tians
  24. On the Re­sur­rect­ion Morn­ing
  25. Open Your Heart’s Door
  26. Some of These Morn­ings at the Trum­pet Sound
  27. There Are Ma­ny of God’s Child­ren
  28. There’s a Per­fect Place of Which I Dream
  29. We Bear the Strain of Earth­ly Care
  30. What a Hap­py Day When We All Get Yon­der
  31. When I Come to the End
  32. When the Days of Life Are Ov­er
  33. When the Lord Went Back to Hea­ven
  34. You Can­not Hide from Je­sus

Davis’ bu­ri­al place