Dr Werter Renick Davis

Dr Werter Renick Davis

Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio, USA
Death 22 Jun 1893 (aged 78)
Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Burial Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Plot Main North Lot 24 W-8
Memorial ID 64264613 · View Source
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Appletons' cyclopaedia of American biography, Vol. II, New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1887"

"Davis, Werter Renick, another brother, clergyman, b. in Circleville, Ohio, 1 April, 1815, was educated at Kenyon college, and received the degree of M.D. from the College of medicine and surgery in Cincinnati. Subsequently he became a minister in the Methodist church, and entered the Ohio conference in 1835. He then filled various pastorates in West Virginia and Ohio until 1853, when he was transferred to the Missouri conference and stationed at St. Louis. In 1854 he became professor of natural sciences in McKendree college, where he remained until 1858, acting as president during his last year at that institution. He was then elected president of Baker university, but afterward resigned, and for fourteen consecutive years was appointed to a presiding eldership. During the civil war he went to the front as chaplain of the 12th Kansas infantry, and then was commissioned lieutenant-colonel to raise and organize the 16th Kansas cavalry in 1862, of which he became colonel, and continued in command of that regiment until the close of the war. Dr. Davis was a member of the first state legislature of Kansas, and also held the office of superintendent of public instruction in Douglas county. He was a member of the general conferences of 1868, 1872, and 1880, and a delegate to the (Ecumenical Methodist conference in London, and to the Centennial conference held in Baltimore, Md., n 1884. He edited in 1859, "The Kansas Message," the first paper published in Baldwin City, and has published several sermons."

Brother of Joseph Slocum Davis 81574715 and Edwin Hamilton # 7557
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United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865
Name: Werter R. Davis
Event Type: Military Service
Military Beginning Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Military Final Rank: Colonel
Military Side: Union
State or Military Term: Kansas
Military Unit: 16th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry
Military Company: F&S
Affiliate Film Number: 3

W R Davis
United States Census, 1860
birth: 1815 Ohio
residence:1860 Palmyra T'P, Douglas, Kansas
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
W R Davis M 45 Ohio
Minerva Davis F 38 Ohio
Winter R Davis F 14 Ohio
Alla H Davis M 10 Ohio
Kate B Davis F 6 Mo
Minerva Davis F 3 Ill
B Hoffman F 21 Germany

The Civil War headstone is for Werter R. Davis, who was the first president of Baker University. The military headstone was applied for in 1926, about 33 years after the death of Dr. Davis. The person who applied for the headstone (a Russell) entered his name as Webster R. Davis on the application, rather than Werter R. Davis, a Col. in the 16th Kansas Cavalry. He was also a chaplain.
Provided by Ann Gardner # 47547734

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  • Created by: F Mc
  • Added: 16 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64264613
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Werter Renick Davis (1 Apr 1815–22 Jun 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64264613, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by F Mc (contributor 46853696) .