Biography of Charles Thomas Davis
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DAVIS, CHARLES THOMAS. - Born in Washington, D. C., October 26, 1853. Son of Augustus and Mary A. Davis, both parents being American. The father raised two companies of soldiers in Fairfax county, Va., for service in the Mexican war, and served as captain of one of them. The first ancestor to come to America was David Davis, who settled at St. Mary's Md., with Leonard Calvert, March 27, 1634. Charles Thomas Davis' education was commenced in the public schools at Washington, continued in the private school of Prof. J. W. Hunt, of that city, and finished in the University of Heldelburg. The trend of his studies was toward the profession of literature, in which, becoming proficient, he gave almost his entire attention to special technical writing. He is the author of numerous standard works, among them being the "Manufacture of Paper," the "Manufacture of Bricks, Tiles, Terracotta, Etc.," and the "Manufacture of Leather." Being known as a specialist in various lines, Mr. Davis was solicited to write expert articles on certain subjects for the Encyclopedia Americana, and in fact was one of the associate editors of the work. He contributed a great variety of special matter to the Century Dictionary, and is the editor of "Davis' Encyclopedia of the Clay Manufacturing Industries," a quarto volume of over 1,000 pages, now going through the press. Mr. Davis was sent to Europe in 1885 by the United States government to make investigations on economic subjects. Made many similar investigations at home. Was in the service of the Russian government as technical expert. Made the investigation in the Pacific Coast states for the United States government to show the effect of convict labor on free where convicts were employed in manufacturing industries. In politics Mr. Davis is a democrat, and is an active member of of the Iroquois Club of Chicago, but has no desire for political preferment. Mr. Davis has been twce married, first to Ida, daughter of George L. Sheriff, of Washington, D. C. On January 7, 1891, six years after the death of his first wife, was married to Emily L. Flash daughter of the late William Flash ol New Orleans, La., who also died one year after marriage, leaving no children, Children by first wife, Charles T., Jr., and Walter S.

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