Chester Wyman Davis, who is one of the well known younger members of the Utica bar, was born in this city, on
the 6th of November, 1880, and is a son of Henry A. and Josephine T. (Van Vorst) Davis, both natives of New York.
The father, who was born in Albany, came to Utica as a boy and studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1892.
The mother is a daughter of James Baker and Elizabeth Livingston (Butterfield) Van Vorst, being descended through
the paternal line from one of the old Dutch families.
Reared at home Chester Wyman Davis attended the public schools of this city in the acquirement of his preliminary
education. Subsequently he matriculated at Cornell University, where he took both an academic and law course. He
was admitted to the bar in 1904 and immediately began practicing in this city.
On the 17th of June, 1907, Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Miss Kathleen Vidvard Patten.
Mr Davis in 1906 was elected alderman for the fourth ward, which office he held for four years, and the same year
he was made chairman of the Utica republican city committee. He is first lieutenant and ordinance officer of the
New York National Guard, and aide de camp to General J. W. Lester; he is also a member of the Sons of the American
Revolution and the Society of War of 1812, while in 1907 he was elected president of the Utica Field Club.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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