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Charles David Williams was the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Michigan in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.


Williams, Charles David was born on July 30, 1860 in Bellevue, Ohio, United States. Son of David and Eliza (Dickson) Williams.


Studied at Kenyon College. Bexley Theological Seminary, Gam bier, Ohio. Tutor, Kenyon College.

1880-1884; Doctor of Divinity. Doctor of Literature. Doctor of Laws.


He was an advocate of the "Social Gospel" views of Walter Rauschenbusch. He died February 14, 1923. Williams served as priest of Fernbank, Ohio and Riverside, Ohio from 1884 to 1889.

As deacon at St. Paul's in Steubenville, Ohio from 1889 to 1893. And as dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland from 1893 to 1906. In his religious and social views, Williams was a liberal clergyman who advocated for the views of Walter Rauschenbush.

Williams believed that the church should play an active role in resolving social problems. Although convinced that the church would always need to minister to individual philanthropic causes, he argued equally vigorously that the established denominations, in their teachings and advocacy of basic principles, should support reform of the economic and industrial system. In 1921, he attended a seminar in England that studied the English labor movement in its relation with the church.


He was a member of the commission of church leaders that investigated the steel industry and was national president of the Church League for Industrial Democracy.


Spouse 1886, Lucy Victoria,daughter of Rev. Samuel Benedict, Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Cincinnatti, O.

David Williams

Eliza (Dickson) Williams

Lucy V. Benedict