FIELDING LEWIS DAVIS, M. D., was born
near Boonville, Ind., December 16, 1831
His parents, Amos and Elizabeth (Cain)
Davis were of Welsh and Irish extraction
The grandfather of Dr. Davis was a native
of Wales, and came to this country some
time before the revolution. But little is
known of his history further than that on
the breaking out of the war he joined the
Continental Army and served until its close.
The early life of Dr. Davis was replete with
struggles and sorrows. At the age of five
his father died, and seven years later he met
with that irreparable loss, the death of his
mother, and was thus thrown upon his own
resources. His boyhood was passed upon
the farm, where the summer's work alternated
with a term at the district school in
winter. In this way he obtained the rudiments
of an English education.
At the age of sixteen he began teaching school. His
savings were carefully husbanded, and for
several years he attended school alternately
as teacher and pupil. He paid especial
attention to mechanics and civil
engineering, and for a time followed surveying.
In 1855, he began the study of
medicine, firmly resolved to make it his life's
vocation. He completed his preparatory
course under many difficulties and discouragements,
and in 1864 entered the Cleveland Homeopathic
Hospital College. A lack of means, however,
prevented his graduation until 1869.
His first location was
Greencastle, Ind. Here he built up a successful
practice, but not thinking the place
a desirable one he came to Evansville in
1866 and formed a copartnership with Dr.
Ehrman, with whom he remained until 1877.
At the time Dr. Davis came to Evansville,
the general public knew but little of the
principles of homeopathy, and whatever of
popularity it has since obtained is due largely
to his efforts in its advancement and his
skill and success as a physician. Success
attended his efforts almost from the outset,
and despite opposition he was soon the possessor
of a lucrative practice and an enviable
position as a citizen.
He is a member of
the American Institute of Homeopathy, the
oldest national medical organization in the
United States, the Indiana Institute of
Homeopathy, and the American Microscopical
Association. In his religious and political
affiliations he is a Methodist and a
In 1855 the doctor was
married to Miss Jane, daughter of Lewis
Taylor, one of the early settlers of this
section of the state.