Judge Charles William Davison, of San Jose, was born in Chickasaw county, Iowa, July 30, 1874, and is a direct descendant of four patriots of the Revolutionary war, among which number was his paternal grandfather. His father, Lorenzo B. Dvison, was a soldier of the Civil war. he was born in the Empire state and at an early date emigrated westward to Iowa, becoming one of the pioneer settlers of that state. There he carried on farming for many years or until 1894, when he came to California, settling in Santa Clara valley, where he is now well known as an orchardist. he married Miss Esther J. Annabel, who was also born in New Yrok, and they became the parents of ten children, of whom Charles W. is the fifth in order of birth.

Judge Davison acquired his early education in the public and high schools of New Hampton, Iowa, being graduated from the latter in 1892 at the age of eighteen years. During the following winter he engaged in teaching school and then attended Valers Normal school at Decorah, Iowa, up to the time of the removal of the family to California in November, 1894. After arriving in this state he entered the San Jose Law school, which has since been removed to San Francisco, and on the 24th of December, 1895, was admitted to the bar. he engaged in practice at Campbell's for a year, at the end of which time he opened his office in San Jose, entering upon the active practice of his chosen calling, in which he continued until the time of the Spanish-American war, when he enlisted in the Seventh California Volunteer Regiment, with which he served until the regiment was mustered out. Returning to San Jose, he resumed the active work of his profession and secured a good clientage. On the 4th of November, 1902, he was elected city justice of the peace as an independent candidate, receiving a plurality of two hundred and ninety-two more than the Republican candidate, and five hundred and eighty-nine more than the Democratic nominee.

Judge Davison was married December 24, 1902, to Maud Welch, a native of Maine. She is a lady of culture and refinement and for several years prior to her marriage was successfully engaged in teaching in the public schools. Judge Davison is identified with many fraternal orders, of which he is a popular and valued representative. In his practice he has won for himself an honorable place. he seems to ever realize the importance of the calling to which he devotes his energies and the fact that justice and the higher attribute of mercy he often holds in his hands. His reputation at the bar is a merited tribute to his ability.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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