W. Theophilus Davison (1846-1935)
W. Theophilus Davison was born at Bath, a son of the Wesleyan minister William Davison. He was educated at Kingswood where he won an open scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, which circumstances prevented him from accepting. He was accepted for the ministry in 1868 and spent thirteen years as a circuit minister. In 1881 he was appointed Classics Tutor at Richmond and ten years later took up the post of Theological Tutor at Handsworth. Davison was elected President of Conference in 1901 and was appointed Connexional Editor in 1904. A year later he returned to Richmond as Theological Tutor, was appointed Principal of the College in 1909 and Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of London. He retired in 1920.
Davison was a prolific writer and a preacher of great ability.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1936