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date: 05 July 2020

Davies, A. Powelllocked

(05 June 1902–26 September 1957)
  • George N. Marshall

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Davies, A. Powell (05 June 1902–26 September 1957), Unitarian clergyman, was born Arthur Powell Davies in Birkenhead, England, the son of Arthur Davies, a tin smelter, and Martha Powell, both natives of Wales. A business college graduate, Davies worked as a bookkeeper on the Liverpool docks and participated in the post–World War I strikes there before being selected by the first Labour Member of Parliament from that district to serve as his secretary in the House of Commons. In London Davies joined a Fabian debating society and met George Bernard Shaw, who, impressed with his ability to think on his feet while talking, urged Davies to enter politics. Davies had a religious commitment, however, and instead matriculated at Richmond College, then the University of London Methodist training school. After he graduated with a B.D. in 1925, he was ordained a deacon in the Wesleyan Methodist District in London, which assigned him to organize a new mission church in Becontree, a suburb of London (1925–1928). He married Muriel Hannah, daughter of a Methodist minister, in December 1927, and in May 1928 they emigrated to the United States, where he was assigned to two rural parishes in Maine. The couple would have two children. After briefly attending Boston University School of Theology, Davies was assigned to the Pine Street Church, Portland, where his preaching on controversial social and international questions soon made him a prominent spokesman for liberal causes....

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