Biography of George A. Davis


Davis, George A., Buffalo, was born in that city, August 5, 1858. He received his education in the public schools of Buffalo and from early youth supported himself. At the age of ten he carried newspapers to earn money for his education. He learned the picture-frame maker's trade and worked at the bench long enough to save sufficient money to support himself while studying law. In 1877 he began the study of law in the office of Day & Romer, where he remained until admitted to the bar in 1880. Since that time he has practiced his profession in Buffalo. Mr. Davis enlisted in the 74th Regt, N. G. S. N. Y., in 1877 and filled every position from private to commanding officer and for a number of years commanded the regiment. He is a member of Lake Erie Commandery and Buffalo Consistory, 32d degree. He represented the Ninth ward of the city of Buffalo in the Board of Supervisors during the years 1885-1886, during which time he married Miss Lillie N. Grimes, daughter of Judge Grimes of Lancaster, N. Y., and in 1887 took up his residence at that place, and was immediately elected supervisor of that town, and since that time has represented that town in the Erie county board; was chairman of the board in 1889-1894 and 1895, being elected by the unanimous vote of Republicans and Democrats; as chairman he has shown that he is possessed of executive ability of no mean order and as presiding officer has won the good will and respect of all parties. He was the Republican nominee for Congress in the Thirty-third N. Y. District in 1890, but owing to the Democratic land slide of that year was defeated by a small majority. He represented the Thirty-first Senate District in the Constitutional Convention, receiving the largest majority of any delegate upon the ticket, and was one of the active members of that body, serving upon the committees on banking, insurance and military. In 1895 he was elected State senator of the Forty ninth District, and served on the committees on judiciary, commerce, navigation, penal institutions and was chairman of the committee on Indian affairs.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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