Biography of George B. Davis
Indiana County, PA Biographies

GEORGE B. DAVIS. Too much cannot be said of the representative business men of a place, as the prosperity of any city or town depends largely upon their efforts and enterprises. One of this class at Saltsburg is George B. Davis, of the lumber firm of Davis & Co. He was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1856, and is a son of George and Martha (Crawford) Davis. His paternal grandfather, Joshua Davis, was a native of Ireland, and came to Washington county, where he purchased a farm and resided until his death. His son, George Davis (father), was born in 1814, and during the early part of his life run on a boat plying between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, on the Ohio river. Leaving the river, he purchased a farm and followed farming until his death, December 14, 1870, when in the fifty sixth year of his age. He was a republican and a member of the United Presbyterian church. He married Martha Crawford, a native of Kentucky, who was a member of the United Presbyterian church, and died April 8, 1852, aged fifty four years.

George B. Davis was reared on the home farm and received his education in the public schools and Washington college. At sixteen years of age he apprenticed himself to learn the trade of carpenter, and after serving an apprenticeship of three years engaged in contracting, which business he followed until 1885. In the spring of that year he opened a lumberyard at Hills station, which he operated for one year and then came to Saltsburg, where he engaged in his present planing mill and lumber business.

In 1878 he united in marriage with Anna M. Wright, daughter of Edward Wright, of Washington county, Pa. To their union have been born three children, two sons and one daughter: Walter L., Mary M. and Edward W.

In political matters Mr. Davis is an ardent temperance man and a prominent supporter of the Prohibition party. He is a member of the Saltsburg United Presbyterian church, of whose Sunday school he has been superintendent for some time. Mr. Davis is a member of Davis, Bros. & Co., which was organized in the spring of 1887. Their mill and shops are favorably situated for business purposes, and manufacture and deal in lumber, doors, sash and moldings. They make a specialty of stair work and other difficult lines in their branch of business. George B. Davis has shown remarkable business ability in the management of his large lumbering establishment, which is justly deserving of particular mention in a record of the leading industries of Saltsburg.

Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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