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|Source: The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. III pg. 128 1923
Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present
DAVIS, ERNEST F. After being disabled for further service during the late war, ERNEST F. DAVIS, came to Florida, and soon resumed work of his profession as a lawyer, and is one of the busiest attorneys and public spirited citizens of St. Petersburg.Mr. DAVIS was born at Brockton, Massachusetts, July 30, 1892, only child of FRANK H. and ABBIE H. (PETERSON) DAVIS. His mother was born in Maine
and is now deceased. His father is still living at his old home in Massachusetts.
ERNEST F. DAVIS acquired a liberal education, attending Clark University one year and Boston University Law school two years. When he was twenty-two years of age he was elected a member of the Massachusetts legislature, and served one term, being one of the youngest if not the youngest member of that body. He was popular and well qualified, and had the triumph of being elected a democrat in a republican district. Soon afterward in 1915 he removed to Oklahoma, and continued his professional studies there in the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City University Law School, where he graduated L.L.B. He was admitted to the Oklahoma bar in June,1916, and in October of the same year returned to Massachusetts and for a time was associated and practiced with Judge H.C.THORNDIKE.
May 14, 1917, Mr. DAVIS enlisted in the national army at Fort Slocum, and was soon transferred to the Officers Training Camp at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Later he was a non-commissioned officer at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan, and received his honorable discharge December 24, 1917, on account of disability received in the line of duty. Seeking to restore his health, Mr. DAVIS came to Florida in February, 1918, locating at St. Petersburg, and permanently established himself in that city in January,1919, taking up the practice of law there in April of that year. During the past two years he has conducted a general practice and has become attorney for and legal representative of several banks, business and other interests both in St. Petersburg and elsewhere. Mr. DAVIS is a member of the Pinellas County
Bar Association, belongs to the Commercial Law League of America, the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, St. Petersburg Lodge No.1224 B. P. O. E., St. Petersburg Lodge No. 134 F. and A. M., St. Petersburg Chapter No. 31 R.A. M., is treasurer of the St. Petersburg Council No. 14, R. and S. M., and a member of Sun Shine Commandery, No. 20, K. T., and is on the Legal Committee of Selama Grotto. He is also affiliated with St. Petersburg Camp No. 44, Woodmen of the World, and is Adjutant of St. Petersburg Post No 14, of the American Legion. Mr. DAVIS is also a member of the Y.M.C.A., and the Business Men's Bible Class in the First Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church. July 6, 1920, he married ALICE L. HIGGS of Trivoli, Illinois. While living in Massachusetts, Mr. DAVIS served as a justice of the peace.
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