Charles Davies
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Charles Davies

Birth
Washington, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 21 Sep 1876 (aged 78)
Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Cenotaph Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 28365916 · View Source
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Charles Davies was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1813 and graduated in 1815; this was in the early days of the Academy, when there was no fixed length of curriculum. He served in the Army until 1837, almost all of it as a mathematics and science professor at West Point. His civilian career, interrupted by another four years in the Army during which he was Paymaster and Treasurer at West Point, was as a mathematics professor at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, at the University of New York, and for nearly twenty years at Columbia College in New York City. He wrote a series of mathematics textbooks, extending from primary arithmetic to calculus and descriptive geometry, that were a mainstay of American education for much of the nineteenth century. He was a proponent of introducing the metric system in the United States. He died at Fishkill-on‑Hudson, NY.

Source: Cullum's Biographical Register of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, Vol. I, pp152‑155; further details are available online in the Register, in which he is #157.


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  • Maintained by: Bill Thayer
  • Originally Created by: Anne Cady
  • Added: 18 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28365916
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Davies (22 Jan 1798–21 Sep 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28365916, citing Davies Cemetery, Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Bill Thayer (contributor 46555645) .