Biography of George A. Davis
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George A. Davis, who is identified with the Davis & Lannerd Insurance Agency, is a prominent citizen of Mansfield, active in its business, community and fraternal affairs. He was born at Hannibal, Mo., Jan. 20, 1876, the son of John H. and Susan S. (Byrd) Davis.

John H. Davis was born in Fairfax County, Va., and his wife was a native of Westmoreland County, Va. He spent his boyhood on his father's farm and at the outbreak of the Civil War enlisted in General Lee's Army. The battle of Bull Run was fought within five miles of the home of Mr. Davis and he was with General Lee's forces at the time of his surrender, being discharged with the rank of first lieutenant. Mr. Davis then went to Chicago, and from there to Hannibal, Mo., where he conducted a grocery business for many years. He also held the office of safety director of Hannibal and was sheriff of Marion County, Mo. He retired in 1896 and from Hannibal, Mo., Mr. Davis removed to Olivet, Mich. A short time later he went to Yankton, S. Dak., where he died in 1910. His wife died in 1925. Both are buried at Washington, D. C. Mr. Davis was a lifelong Democrat, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a 32nd degree Mason. There were two children in the Davis family: Elizabeth, married in 1894 to Albert L. Lee, who is identified with the Aircraft Division, U. S. Government, at Washington, D. C.; and George A., the subject of this sketch.

The early education of George A. Davis was received at Hannibal, Mo., and he was graduated from Olivet College. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1899 and the following year was awarded the Master of Arts degree from the same university. Mr. Davis began his teaching career at Saulte Sainte Marie, Mich., and later was superintendent of schools at L'Anse, Mich. In 1906 he came to Crestline, Ohio, as principal of the high school, and from 1909 until 1913 served as principal of the New Philadelphia (Ohio) High School. From 1913 until 1918 he was the able principal of the Mansfield High School and in the latter year resigned from the teaching profession to sell text books for the Iroquois Publishing Company. In 1923 he became claim agent for the Great American Insurance Company and two years later, in partnership with W. H. Lannerd, established the firm of Davis & Lannerd, insurance specialists.

In June, 1904, Mr. Davis was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Buhler, the daughter of George Buhler, a native of Germany, now deceased. He was a mining engineer. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have no children.

Politically, Mr. Davis is a Democrat. He was elected a member of the Mansfield Board of Education in 1925, and since 1928 has served as president of the board. He holds membership in the First Presbyterian Church, and belongs to Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He is also affiliated with Mansfield Lodge, F, & A. M. No. 35; Mansfield Chapter R. A. M. No. 29; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M. No. 94, thrice illustrious master; Mansfield Commandery, K. T. No. 21; and Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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