Charles Davies (1798–1876) was one of the earlier mathematics instructors at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York (established in 1802). He helped establish the curriculum and was instrumental in providing translations of French textbooks for use by the cadets. Davies went on to be a leading compiler of mathematics textbooks for use at West Point and for the public in general.

The *Logic and Utility of Mathematics* (1869, first published in 1850) presents Davies’s philosophy and pedagogy for the teaching of mathematics. It provides insights as to how mathematics was viewed in 19^{th}-century America.

In his “Preface”, Davies expresses pride in his West Point accomplishments.

The scope of Charles Davies’s mathematics curriculum for West Point is outlined in the “Table of Contents”.

At the end of *Logic and Utility*, Davies gives a more detailed explanation of his philosophy of mathematics teaching. Here in sections 375–376, on page 346, the author discusses the teaching of algebra.

*These materials on Charles Davies are presented through the courtesy of The Library of Congress. For other textbooks published by Davies described in *Convergence*, see the Mathematical Treasures Index.*