Biography of Daniel Davis
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Davis, Daniel, a native of Howard, Steuben County, N. Y., was born March 19, 1826. His father, John Davis, one of the early settlers of that county, removed to Fowlerville, Livingston County, N. Y., in 1838. At the age of fourteen Daniel was apprenticed to the trade of cabinetmaker, at which he served for seven years, when he returned to Steuben County, where he and an older brother established a factory for the manufacture of furniture and agricultural implements, which they carried on for a number of years. In 1852 Mr. Davis married Lucina Bridge, of South Danville, Steuben County, and in 1854 moved to Yellow Springs, O. Here he invented a valuable vise and a newspaper addressing machine, the latter for a long time known among journalists as the block mailing system. Returning to New York State in 1859 he located in Elmira, where he manufactured his mailing machine until 1862. He had a contract to mail the New York Tribune for a term of years. About 1861 he moved to New York city, where he remained fifteen years, but in 1876 he returned to Elmira, and with his brother R. W. (deceased) entered into partnership with the late Dr. Edwin R. Eldridge for the manufacture of an iron wagon that he invented, hut soon after the latter's death the business was discontinued. Mr. Davis has three children by his first wife, viz.: Viola M., William S., and Etna H. In 1877 he married, second, Mrs. Delia Bartholomew, of Elmira. In 1888, with his son Etna H., he established the present factory on Maple avenue for the manufacture of novelties.

From:
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


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