Source: American Biographical Library, "The Twentieth Century
Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans," Volume 3, D,
Davidson, William Clarence, clergyman, was born in Montgomery county,
Indiana, March 31, 1848; son of Gideon L. and Mary A. (Bowyer) Davisson;
and grandson of Samuel and Eleanor (Lay) Davisson. The family came
of Scotch stock, emigrating from Ireland to Pennsylvania, thence
to North Carolina, and to Virginia, where the family divided, one
section settling in Davidson county, Tenn., and the other in Ohio
and Indiana. William was graduated from DePauw university in 1876,
and the following year became a missionary to Japan. He also [p.145]
held the office of U.S. consul in Hakodate, Japan, and was professor
of English and mathematics in Too Giguku college, Hirosaki, Japan.
He was presiding older of the Hakodate district, 1878-82, and of
Yokohama district, 1882-84. In 1884 he returned to the United States,
and was pastor of the First church, Plymouth, Ind., 1885-87. In the
latter year he again went to Japan, returning however in 1888 to
become pastor of a church at Verona, N.Y. He afterward held charges
at Clinton, N.Y., 1889-91; at Herkimer, N.Y., 1891-96; and at Trinity,
Oswego, N.Y., from 1897. While pastor in Herkimer he was professor
of comparative religion in Folt's mission institute. He published
a short Old Testament, History (Japanese) for use by Japanese preachers.
He was married in 1876 to Mary C. McDaniel, who died in 1884; and
in 1886 he was married to Helen Marr Oakes.
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