Biography of Richard W. H. Davis
Indiana County, PA Biographies


RICHARD W. H. DAVIS, a pioneer in the field of brick making machinery, is destined soon to be widely known as an inventor through his valuable machine for pressing brick, which is being rapidly and successfully introduced throughout the country. He was born at Brady's Bend, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, April 28, 1851, and is a son of Richard and Alice (Williams) Davis. His parents were natives of Wales and came to Brady's Bend in 1840. Richard Davis was a cabinet maker by trade, but after arriving at Brady's Bend was employed, for eight years, as a furnace manager by the Brady's Bend Iron company. In 1849 he went to the then new discovered gold fields of California, where not meeting with the degree of success which be anticipated, he embarked for Australia, Landing in that great island continent, he was variously employed until 1854, when he was drowned in crossing a river and his body was never recovered. His widow survived him until 1876, when she passed away.

Richard W. H. Davis received his education in the common schools of Brady's Bend township and a college of Alliance, Ohio. Leaving college, he was engaged as a clerk in a mercantile house at Alliance, in which he remained for twelve years. In January, 1887, he came to Indiana county, where he was employed as general manager of the Black Lick Manufacturing company, which position he has held ever since. In February, 1890, be was elected justice of the peace and has already in the rightful enforcement of the laws become a terror to evildoers.

At Alliance, Ohio, in 1874, he united in marriage with Louisa Shaffer. They have two children living: Howard and Stella.

In polities, Mr. Davis is a republican. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and is a cousin of Capt. Jones, the great inventor, of Braddock, Pa., who was realizing $75,000 per year out of his inventions at the time of his death. Mr. Davis has given some time and attention to the consideration of useful inventions, and has succeeded in perfecting a machine for pressing brick which is a great labor saving invention. On November, 1889, a patent (No. 328,899) was issued to him for this machine, which, on account of its excellent work and its great saving of time and labor, is destined to soon become an indispensable adjunct to every first class brick making establishment in the United States, This machine has been severely, and successfully tested and has received merited commendation after each and every trial; The man who has felled a forest or has tilled a field has not lived in vain, yet often a comparatively simple invention represents all the possible labor of many life times. The machine invented by Mr. Davis for pressing brick will perform the labor of many men, fills a long felt want in an important industry and will soon come into universal use throughout the United States.


From:
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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