Rev. Walter Dudley Cavert, D. D. - Few men in the North Country have attained such prominence as Doctor Cavert,
who is pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Oswego. He was born at Charlton, Saratoga County, N. Y., Jan. 18,
1891, the son of Walter I. and Elizabeth (Brann) Cavert.
Walter I. Cavert, who lives retired at Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, is a native of Charlton. Until 1922 he successfully
engaged in general farming on the old Cavert homestead. He is a prominent Democrat and has always taken a keen
and active interest in local affairs. He holds membership in the Presbyterian Church. Elizabeth (Brann) Cavert
was also born at Charlton and died in 1896. She was a direct descendant of the McCrea family of New York and related
to Jane McCrea. To Mr. and Mrs. Cavort were born four children: 1. William L., identified with the Minnesota State
Agricultural College. 2. Rev. Samuel McCrea, is senior secretary of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in
America, with headquarters in New York City. 3. Inez May, engaged in the research department of the Federal Council
of Churches. 4. Walter Dudley, the subject of this sketch.
In 1907 Walter Dudley Cavert was graduated from Charlton Academy, and four years later he received the degree of
Bachelor of Arts from Union College. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity, and during his senior
year in college was captain of the intercollegiate debating team, editor of the Concordiensis, manager of the college
track team, and president of the Philomathean Literary Society. He taught at the Charlton Industrial Farm School,
a private boys' reform school from 1911 until 1912, and in 1915 received the degree of B. D. at Union Theological
Seminary. He also took graduate work at Columbia University while attending the theological seminary. Reverend
Cavert then became director of religious education at the First Congregational Church of Willimantic, Conn., during
1915-16. He was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, at Stamford, N. Y., during 1916-20; pastor of the North
Presbyterian Church, at Elmira, N. Y., during 1921-24; and has been pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, at Oswego,
During the World War Doctor Cavert served as army chaplain (first lieutenant) during 1918, and was stationed at
Camp McArthur and Camp Taylor. At present he has a captain's commission as chaplain of the 390th Infantry, Reserve.
Since his pastorate in Oswego, Doctor Cavert has served as chairman of the Oswego County Red Cross, and as president
of the Oswego Kiwanis Club. He has served as moderator of Syracuse Presbytery, and for three years has been president
of the Oswego Council of Churches. He is a member of the executive committee of the New York State Council of Religious
Education. Doctor Cavert has represented Syracuse Presbytery at the Presbyterian General Assembly, and several
times at the meetings of the New York Synod.
Doctor Cavert is a frequent contributor to religious magazines, having written for the Presbyterian Advance, the
Christian Century, and the Christian Century Pulpit. He is also well known as a lecturer and has lectured extensively
before lyceum groups, civic organizations, and luncheon clubs.
It was in June, 1931, that Doctor Cavert received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Union College.
On July 17, 1916, Doctor Cavert was united in marriage with Miss Harriet Harrer, of Brooklyn, N. Y., the daughter
of G. A. and Letitia (Morrison) Harrer. The former died in 1912, and the latter lives in Brooklyn. There are two
children in the Cavert family: Elizabeth Harrer, born Nov. 18, 1923; and Harriet Morrison, born May 31, 1926. Mrs.
Cavert is a graduate of Briarcliff Manor School and received a degree from Columbia University in 1914. Before
her marriage she was identified with the Charity Organization Society of New York City, and taught in the Girls'
High School of Brooklyn.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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