John Davis Paris
John Davis Paris was born to George and Mary (Hudson) Paris, September 22, 1809 near Staunton, Virginia, the eldest of six sons. At the age of nineteen, his father gave him permission to go to school. He carted firewood and lumber on Saturdays to pay tuition and extras.
In 1835, he distributed bibles and religious books for the American Bible Society. Paris entered Bangor Theological Seminary in 1836, graduating in 1839 with Rev Daniel Dole and was ordained the same year. He was accepted by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and was first stationed in Kaʻū, the first resident missionary there. He later returned to Kona.