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DAVIS, Fred Henry

Source: The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. II   pg. 7  1923
Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present

DAVIS, Hon. FRED HENRY, whose standing as a lawyer is well known to the Florida bar, has been engaged in a successful practice at Tallahassee for nearly ten years.  He is the present representative of Leon County in the legislature. Mr. DAVIS was born in Greenville, South Carolina, May 18, 1894, and has lived in Florida since early infancy.  He is the son of FRED HENRY and ANNIE E. (PEARSON) DAVIS.  His father was born at Wadesboro, North Carolina, and his mother at Greenville, South Carolina.  She died in 1918.  FRED HENRY
DAVIS, Sr., who died December 5, 1916, was a typographical machinist by trade, and from 1894 to 1907 was employed on the Florida Times-Union at Jacksonville.  In 1907 he removed to Tallahassee, and was in the service of Col. T.J.APPLEYARD, state printer.  He served as president of the Tallahassee Typographical Union from its organization until his death.  He was a democrat and a Methodist.

FRED HENRY DAVIS attended the public schools at Jacksonville and Tallahassee, and following a course of study of the law he was admitted to the bar, November 4, 1914.  Since then he has been actively engaged in practice at Tallahassee, and was associated with HON. JOHN L NEELY until the latter's appointment as United States district attorney.  He handles a general practice, and in association with Sen. W.C. HODGES, well-known criminal lawyer of West Florida, has been connected here with some of the important criminal cases.

Both in and out of his profession he has rendered some important public service.  He was county prosecuting attorney of Leon County in 1919 – 20, and from 1917 to 1920 was non-resident county prosecuting attorney of Wakulla County.  During the World war he served for time as a special assistant United States attorney, until he resigned to join the Officers Training Camp at Camp Hancock, Georgia, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry.  He received his honorable discharge December 12, 1918.  Mr. Davis represented Leon County in the Legislature and the session of 1921, and was reelected in 1922.  He was author of the Davis Bad Check Law, and has proved one of the valuable working members of the Legislature.  He is a leader in democratic politics, is a member of the American Legion, the National Geographic Society, the Lake Bradford Country Club, and his hobby is Masonry.  He is master of Jackson Lodge, F. and A. M., is a Royal Arch Mason and has served as noble grand of Leon Lodge No. 5, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

At Tallahassee, February 3, 1921, Mr. DAVIS  married FRANCES CHAMBERS, daughter of BENJAMIN R. and GEORGIA CHAMBERS.  Her parents live on their plantation near Tallahassee.  Mr. DAVIS is a Methodist, and takes an active part in the Bible Class and Sunday school work.

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