GEORGE R DAVIS
George R Davis, a rising lawyer of Keyser W Va, was born in
Harrison Co, W Va, Aug 14, 1865. His father moved to Doddridge county
in 1870, and there Mr Davis received the education obtainable in a
district school, afterward attending the Fairmont Normal. When 17
years of age, he began teaching in Doddridge county, and it was to
accept a position as a school teacher that he came to mineral County
in 1890. Meanwhile, for a year, Mr Davis filled the editor's chair on
the West Union Herald, 1888-9, and it was during that time he began
the study of law. He continued fitting himself for his chosen
profession, and on June 1st 1895, was admitted to the bar by Judges
Dailey, Hoke and Dent, and immediately thereafter, he opened his
office in Keyser.
Mr Davis was associated with J N McMullan in the celebrated Ebert case in Grant County, a murder trial which attracted widespread interest. He made the opening argument for the defense, and fully established a position as an eloquent advocate. The defendant was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, and fined $25 with sixty days imprisonment, a purely nominal sentence virtually amounting to an acquittal.
Personally Mr Davis is an extremely agreeable gentleman, possessed of market talents and a capacity for intense application.
He was married in Oakland, July 1894, to Miss Maggie Fisher, of Keyser, the union being blessed with a daughter. Mr Davis is permanently located in Keyser, and possesses in the fullest degree the confidence of our people. He is the secretary of the school board and takes a deep interest in educational matters.
TRANSCRIBED OCTOBER 28, 2001 BY PATTI MCDONALD
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