BURR J. DAVIS was a native of Oxford, New Haven county, Conn., born September 6, 1831. He lived on a farm until
he was twenty six years old and then came to Owego. For several years he was interested in various enterprises,
but failing health and the death of his wife made it necessary that he return to Connecticut. After three years
more he came again to Owego and for years was an active business man in the village. He was in the oyster business
three winters, and in 1879 bought out and became landlord of the Central House; and it is a well known fact in
this county that under his management the Central was by far the best hotel in the locality. In 1878 Mr. Davis
purchased the Ahwaga House, which under previous landlords had proved an unfortunate investment, but under his
direction it attained an enviable reputation among the hotels of the southern tier. For a period of about ten years
Burr J. Davis was an active factor in county politics, particularly on the democratic side. He was elected sheriff
in 1881, served one term, and was appointed to the same office in 1889 as successor to Albert P. Cleveland, resigned.
He also served one term as supervisor of Owego. No less prominent was his connection with the masonic fraternity
of Owego, and he passed all the chairs of the two bodies in the village. Mr. Davis was twice married, his first
wife being Ellen J. Fairchild, by whom he had one child, Anna A., wife of John F. Ward. His second wife was Sarah
F. Sperry, by whom he had three children, Fred J., Nellie E. and John B. Davis. Mr. Davis died March 6, 1897.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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