Biography of George A. Davis
Cook County, Il Biographies

DAVIS, GEORGE R. - Born at Palmer, Mass., January 3, 1840. Son of Benjamin and Cordelia (Buffington) Davis, the father being an adrriirecl and respected citizen, who died at the age of 79, in 1890; and the mother a member of an old and honored family of Connecticut Quakers, who died in 1892. Cal. George R. Davis was educated in the public schools of his native village, and at Williston Academy, where he graduated in 1860. He was associated in business with his father at Springfield, Mass., and at the same time studied law and was admitted. to the bar. Entered the army at the outbreak of the rebel- lion, receiving a captain's commission in Company H, 8th Mass. Infantry. His regiment was attached to the 18th Army Corps, and served with distinction in the campaign of 1862-63 in the Carolinas. In August, 1863, his term of service having expired, he returned to his native State and was mustered out of service with his regiment; re-entered the army and in 1863 was promoted to be major of the 3rd Rhode Island Cavalry, with which he served to the close of the war. Served in the regular army in a civil capacity, becoming attached to the headquarters of Gen, Sheridan, as superintendent of railroad, river and ocean transportation in the department of the Gulf; accompanied Sheridan to Leavenworth, Ran., and through the Indian campaigns of 1868 and 1869, participating in various engagements; accompanied Sheridan to Chicago in 1869; resigned from Sheridan's staff in 1871 to enter the insurance business. Became prominentl identified with local military affairs, and was commissioned colonel of the first regiment on the retirement of Gen. A. C. McClurg, becoming senior colonel in the state service. Was nominated for congress by the republicans in the old second district and defeated; in 1878 was again nominated and elected; re-elected in 1880 and in 1882. His services in congress were distinguished and satisfactory to his party. Retiring, he was elected treasurer of the county of Cook, which position he occupied when selected as directorgeneral of the World's Columbian Exposition. He is a man of fine appearance and great executive ability.



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The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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