Biographical sketch of GEORGE W. DAVIDSON from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans three (3) pages: 270-272
GEORGE W. DAVIDSON
The achievements of men have an interest for the human race that is surpassed by nothing.When we read of the success of other members of the large family that inhabits the earth we are seized with a desire to be and do more than we have heretofore been and done.Their achievements are an incentive to the others to put to the best and noblest use the talents which they may possess and to develop within themselves that which is purest and most conducive of good to themselves and others.It is only when we see the lives of others that we realize how narrow and cramped are the paths we perhaps have been following; it is only when we know those who have won success through the close application of the best of their abilities that we see how we also are able to accomplish some of the longings of our hearts, and it is only when we have acted upon the lessons thus imparted that our lives are broadened and brightened and that we impart to the world a life and meaning that it never before possessed and would not have possessed had we not lived.As a great family living in the world, with only a shade of difference separating the individuals, we can not live our lives alone and it rests with us whether the influence which we exert be for the benefit or disparagement of those with whom we come in contact.As it is useless to try to live to ourselves, so is it useless to attempt to think that the life we lead has no influence on our neighbor, for the habits of one unconsciously merge into the habits of the other and the long tendrils of love, affection and friendship twine about one another in such a way that it is only by minute examination that we are able to distinguish the difference between the longings of the two individuals.Should our habits and desires be uplifting and ennobling, then it is well that the tendrils become fastened around the lives of others.Comparison adds to or detracts from the standing of the individuals compared; it puts them on either a higher or lower plane than they have perhaps never before enjoyed.When the life of a man will stand the rigid test of comparison with something high, ideal or noble, then have we a character worthy of emulation, and of such is the subject of this brief memoir.
George W. Davidson was born on the old homestead in Clyde township, St. Clair county, November 23, 1850, and is the son of John N. and Margaret W. (Aitken) Davidson, both of Glasgow, Scotland.The father was employed in the chemical works in his native city and also farmed a little.In 1840, thinking that he could better himself, he emigrated with his family to America.Landing in New York, they remained there about six months and then came to St. Clair county, where they rented a farm in Clyde township.Later he bought eighty acres of the place which the subject now owns, which was then all wild, having but a small clearing and on it a little frame house.A year after buying the place he brought his family to their new home and he with the older members began clearing the place.After having cleared this farm, he added fifty-five more acres, making in all one hundred and thirty-five acres.For some time he did a great deal of lumbering in the county and owned a great deal of pine land, which netted considerable money.About 1856 he began working for the Soo [sic? – might be Sioux] Canal Company as timber inspector and estimator, and continued the work some three or four years.In political affairs he was very prominent, taking an active part in local as well as national affairs.He held several offices in Port Huron and was one of the staunchest Democrats in the county.He was a member of the Episcopal church and was one of the best known and most highly respected men in the township.His death occurred May 12, 1888, and that of his wife seventeen years previous, her demise having occurred January 11, 1871.Five children were born to them: John M., a sailor, was drowned in Lake Michigan in November, 1885; James A., a merchant of Port Huron, Michigan, married Helen Loomis; Margaret W. was the wife of D. Hagadorne, but both are deceased; Agnes is the widow of Andrew Sipperly, who was a civil engineer in New York City, and George Wesley, the subject.
After leaving his employment with the Soo Canal Company, Mr. Davidson bought the old Huron House and for several years was identified with the hotel business of Port Huron.In 1861 he enlisted in the Second Michigan Cavalry and was in the service for eighteen months, during which time he was regimental wagonmaster.In the army he was one of the most courageous and faithful of the volunteers.He was well and favorably known both in the township and county.
The subject was educated in the schools of Port Huron and lived with his parents until his marriage, February 28, 1872, to Miss Mary Corbishley, or Port Huron, a daughter of John G. and Harriet A. (Blennerhassett) Corbishley.Her father was from Cape Town, South Africa, and her mother was a native of Vermont.Her grandfather, Lieut. James Corbishley, came to Canada from South Africa, and later came to Port Huron, where he bought a farm in Clyde township.There they lived until the father’s death, in 1882, when the mother came to Port Huron, where she has since resided.The subject and wife were the parents of nine children:Ethel M. died in 1886; James J. is an under sheriff; Florence M. is the wife of Charles McNaughton; Emma N. lives at home; Helen A. is a teacher in the Greenwood township schools; Alice W. teaches in Grant township; Mary E., George W. and Donald L. reside at home.
Mr. Davidson has carried on general farming for many years and has been prosperous beyond his early expectations.At present he owns a fine farm of one hundred and thirty-five acres and raises all kinds of grains, hay, hogs and cattle.He has also raised and dealt in fine horses for come time and has on his farm some animals of very good records.Fast horses are a passion with him and those of his farm are of the finest breeds and excellent pedigrees.Politically Mr. Davidson has always been very active and has held office under Democratic administration.He is considered one of the strongest members of the party and is always willing and ready to give both time and money to the furthering of his party’s causes.He was township treasurer of Clyde’s township for four years, justice of the peace for fourteen years and for many years has been a member of the school board.In 1892 he was elected sheriff as the regular Democratic nominee by a majority of fifty-two, while all the remaining candidates on the ticket were defeated by one thousand to one thousand two hundred majorities, with about one thousand five hundred normal Republican majority.He assumed office January 1, 1903.Mr. Davidson is a Mason, being a member of Port Huron Lodge No. 58.As a member of the Episcopal church he is one of the most liberal of its supporters and anything which he can do to promote its interests is willingly done.He is a man of exemplary habits and possesses many friends, his ability being unquestioned and his integrity undoubted.
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