Davidson, Hon. John T., a native of Oneida County, N. Y., was born February 13, 1826. In early life he learned
a trade and followed that for a livelihood for some little time, but it was evident that this was not in harmony
with his natural bent of mind. He finally commenced the study of law at the village of McLean, Tompkins County,
N. Y., while carrying on and working at his trade. He soon thereafter entered the law office of Hon. Milo Goodrich,
at Dryden village, N. Y., and in December, 1858, was admitted to the bar at Cortland, N. Y. in the summer of 1862
he enlisted as private in Company H, Fiftieth New York Engineers, and in December following was promoted to second
lieutenant in the same company. In February following he received a commission as first lieutenant of engineers.
His services were rendered in the Engineer Brigade, Army of the Potomac, and he participated in the battles of
Chancellorsyule, Franklin's Crossing, Gettysburg, and Fort Stevens. In December, 1863, on account of disabilities
received in the army which rendered him unable to perform field service, he was transferred to the Tenth Veteran
Reserve Corps as first lieutenant of Company C, of that regiment With this regiment he served at New York city,
Jamaica, L. I., Staten Island, Washington, D. C., Alexandria, and Point Lookout, Va. While at Alexandria he was
acting quartermaster. In July, 1864, he was discharged from the service on surgeon's certificate of disability.
For meritorious services in the field he was breveted captain of the Fiftieth New York Engineers. Upon leaving
the army he entered the quartermaster's department at Elmira, where he remained until the close of the war, Since
then he has practiced law at Elmira, and has held the office of district attorney by appointment and city attorney
four terms. He is a member of the G. A. R. and is a past commander of his post, He has twice served as sid de camp
on the staff of the department commander and is now an aid de camp on the staff of the commander in chief, Gen.
John Palmer. In 1877 he was appointed a United States commissioner for the Northern District of New York, which
position he still holds. Captain Davidson is a forcible writer and has contributed many political and war articles
to various newspapers, among which may be named the Elmira Advertiser, Elmira Telegram, and the National Tribune.
Many of his memorial addresses have been published and favorably noticed by the press, and his sketches of "Grant
and his Campaigns," Gettysburg," "Lee How he compared with other Generals of the Rebellion,"
and numerous other papers on war topics have elicited hearty commendation from all lovers of war history. Captain
Davidson was married in Elmira in 1849 to a daughter of Jabez H. Beers, one of the pioneers of Chemung County,
and sister of Gen. E. O. Beers, a prominent figure in all military matters.
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892
Chemung County, NY
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