Davies was an eloquent American Presbyterian preacher, and president of Princeton College; born of Welsh ancestry, in New Castle County, Delaware, Nov. 3, 1724; died at Princeton, Feb. 4, 1761. His mother, to use his own words, was one of the most eminent saints he ever knew upon earth. He pursued classical studies under a minister, and subsequently in the school at Fagg's Manor. In 1746 he entered upon his ministry at Hanover, Virginia., having received a governmental license to officiate in and around Hanover at four meeting-houses. His ministry was very successful, attracting people from great distances.
In 1753 he was deputed to go to Great Britain with Gilbert Tennent, to solicit funds for Princeton College. The effort resulted in a collection of more than four thousand pounds. During Mr. Davies visit abroad he was listened to by admiring crowds wherever he preached. In 1759 he succeeded Jonathan Edwards in the presidency of the institution for which he had recently done so much. He lies buried at Princeton. His sermons were elaborately prepared, and are among the best products of the American pulpit, as regards both their tone and matter. They were first printed in London, 1767-71, 5 vols. The best American edition appeared in New York, 1851, 3 vols., with Biographical Memoir by Albert Barnes. [from Schaff Herzog Encyc. of Religious Knowledge. 1894AD edition]