Biography of Gideon M. 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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GIDEON M. DAVISON.

GIDEON M. DAVISON was born at Middletown, Vt., a member of the famous English and New England family of Davisons, who trace their descent to the time of Edward the Third of England. He was educated in common schools, and when but a youth began the printing trade at Rutland, Vt. He afterwards worked in New York city, but returned to Rutland and entered into partnership with William Fay. This firm established the Rutland Herald and also published a "History of the War of 1812." Mr. Davison removed to Saratoga in 1817 and established the Saratoga Sentinel, the first number being issued in April, 1818. This paper proved very successful and for a number of years was the leading paper of the county. Mr. Davison also printed and published "Cowen's Court Reports of the State of New York," edited and published an edition of "Stevens' Arithmetic," a quarto family Bible, "Smith's Lectures to the Unconverted," several editions of Dr. Steel's "Analysis of the Mineral Waters," "Goodrich's Spelling Book," and in association with Judge Warren, compiled and published a guide book which appeared under the titles of "The Fashionable Tour" and the "Northern Tourist."

Mr. Davison was a man, of great public-spirit, being especially interested in the establishment and extension of railroads, to which several of the most active years of his life were devoted. For years he was a ruling elder and superintendent of the Sabbath school of the Presbyterian church. He died October 1, 1869, aged seventy-eight years. On the day after his death,a public meeting was held, at which addresses were made and resolutions adopted eulogizing his public achievements and private virtues. During the funeral, business on Broadway was suspended and the bells of all the churches were tolled.


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