Biography of Arnold Davis
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Davis, Arnold, of Berlin, N. Y., was the son of Arnold Davis, who was born at Charleston, R. I., December 12, 1780. He was the son of Joseph Davis, who was the son of John Davis, who was the son of Samuel Davis, who was a direct descendant of William Davis, who emigrated from Scotland to Wales in 1639, where his son William was born in 1663, who emigrated to America in 1685, and settled first in Rhode Island and then in Virginia. Arnold, the father of Arnold, came to Petersburgh, now Berlin, with his father and settled in 1792. On the side of Arnold's mother, she was a daughter of Dea. John Greene, who was a son of Joseph Greene, who was a direct descendant of Joseph Greene, one of the early settlers of Newport, R. I. John Greene, the grandfather, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and settled at Little Hoosick, now Berlin, in 1778. Arnold Davis was born February 10, 1824. The father, being a poor farmer, he never had the advantage of an education more than he obtained in the common schools. He has read much and has been a close observer of passing events. It may be said he belongs to the class known as the self educated, or in other words the uneducated. In early life he designed to study for a profession, but circumstances were such that he was obliged to forego that pleasure. From 1850 to 1851 he served the town in the capacity of assessor, and was one of the men that were called to Troy in 1851 when the matter of equalization between the county, town and the city of Troy first came before the Board of Supervisors. In 1857 he ran for justice and was defeated by three votes by William J. Sheldon. In 1869 he made the enumeration for the United States census of Berlin and Stephentown, under Simeon B. Jewette of Clarkson, Monroe county. That fall he had command of 160 men of Douglass Guards. In 1875 he again made the enrollment of the Berlin State census. In September, 1852, he was in the State convention at Tundale Hall, Albany, which nominated Horatio Seymour for governor. In 1867 he became identified with the I. O. G. T., receiving the first lodge deputies' commission of Lodge No. 646. In 1868 he received a State deputies' commission under the grand worthy chief templar, Rev. Silas Ball, and again under R. E. Sutton, M. D., and again under the Hon. A. S. Draper. He was in the Grand Lodge at Rochester, Albany, Binghamton and Syracuse. When the first county lodge of Rensselaer county was organized in 1875, he was the first county chief and held that position two years. This lodge went down and was again organized in 1879. At Harmony Hall, Troy, he was again elected chief and held that position two years. At Cleveland's first election he was in command of a Cleveland Club, which numbered 140. He has traveled and lectured on temperance to quite an extent. He has talked to the people politically, and has written to quite an extent for publication. The articles were published in the Rensselaer Courier in the winter of 1874 and 1875, the early history of Eastern Rensselaer county being his last production.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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