Biography of Charles Mason Davison
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

T-Saratoga County, New York Wills, 1796-1805

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CHARLES MASON DAVISON.

CHARLES MASON DAVISON is a native of Saratoga Springs, and was educated at Union University, graduating from there in 1874, with the degree of LL. B. While attending the university he also read law with Hon. J. R. Putnam, and was admitted to the bar in November, 1874. Immediately after his admission he began the practice of his profession in Saratoga Springs, and in 1877 was elected justice of the peace, retaining that office until 1881. In 1884 he was appointed a commissioner of the United States Circuit Court for the northern district of New York, a position he has held with distinction from that time up to the present; in 1887 he was elected a member of the board of education and was president of the board during the year 1891 and re-elected president in 1898, still serving in that capacity. In 1896 Mr. Davison was appointed a member of the committee of international arbitration of the New York State Bar Association, and as secretary of said committee, he assisted in formulating the treaty made by President Cleveland to secure international arbitration. He was the successful attorney in the famous case of Pompey vs. the village of Saratoga Springs, which settled the law of the liability of municipal corporations to the traveling public.

On June 21, 1883, Mr.. Davison married Jeannie, daughter of Col. A. L. McDougall of Salem, Washington county, N. Y. Mr. Davison's parents were John M. and Sarah (Walworth) Davison. John M. was a native of Vermont and came to Saratoga Springs in his boyhood. He was appointed register in chancery and resided in Albany until 1848, when he returned to Saratoga Springs; he was also president of the Saratoga and Whitehall Railroad, now the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. His wife was a daughter of Chancellor Walworth, one of the best known and ablest jurists the State has ever produced. The Davisons are of English descent and trace their line back to the days of Egbert, the first king of England.. Mr. Davison is a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, and of the Sons of the American Revolution.


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