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DAVIS, Joseph  S.  


Source: The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.III pg130-1. 1923
Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present


DAVIS, JOSEPH S. In a point of time was the second lawyer to establish a practice in what is now Pinellas County at St. Petersburg. He took a prominent part in the organization in Pinellas County and in the settlement of the county seat while attorney for the Board of County Commissioners.

Mr. DAVIS is a self-made man, educated himself for the law, and has had a varied experience in both the North and the South. He was born at Pendleton, Madison County, Indiana, December 16, 1867, son of GIDEON C. and MARTHA A. DAVIS. His parents were natives of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His father, who died in Nebraska, laid out the town of Hoopeston, Illinois. The mother is still living in Western Nebraska. In their family of 10 children Joseph was the second, and five are still living.Mr. DAVIS was reared in Nebraska, attended the schools there, and studied law in the office of NELLIS E. CORTHELL at Laramie, Wyoming, and with B. S. BAKER of Fairbury and Omaha, Nebraska. He was admitted to the bar in Nebraska, and practiced in the Federal courts in 1893. While a qualified lawyer, he was for several years employed as a stenographer in the master mechanic’s and superintendent's offices of the Union Pacific Railway. Later he was in the typewriter business and was manager of the Smith Premium Typewriter Company at Milwaukee.After Mr. DAVIS located in St. Petersburg he engaged in the practice of law, and has made a specialty of titles, chancery and probate work. For eight years he has served as attorney for the Board of County Commissioners, and is still their attorney. He is a director in the Citizen's Ice & Cold Storage Company and the West Coast Title Company.Mr. DAVIS married NELLIE M. VANDERBECK of Pocatello, Idaho. Their five living children are LOREN V., JOSEPH W., HAROLD G., VIVIAN L. and CARL Mr. DAVIS is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, is a trustee of the First Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church in the Young Women's Christian Association; is also on the Board of Directors of the Young Men's Christian Association.


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