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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Charles H. Davis, prosecuting attorney of Pulaski County, is one of the most prominent and successful young legal practitioners of the county. His birth occurred in Hickory County, Mo., in 1860, and in the family of two sons and two daughters born to Hon. Daniel E. and Mary P. (Foster) Davis, he was the second. The parents were natives of Pulaski and Hickory Counties, respectively, and married in Hickory County, where they lived until Charles H. was two or three years of age, when they moved to Pulaski County, which was their home until 1881; in the latter year they located in Springfield, where the father, who is a carpenter and joiner by trade, is now proprietor of the Robinson Avenue Planing Mills. He represented Pulaski County two terms in the General Assembly ten or twelve years ago, and during the late war was captain of a company in the Forty-eighth Missouri Infantry, Federal Army. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M. and A. O. U. W., and he and wife belong to the Methodist Church. Isaac N. Davis, paternal grandfather of our subject, was an early settler of Southern Missouri, a farmer by occupation, and died in Pulaski County several years before the war. Charles H. Davis was reared on a farm, and received a good common-school education at Richland. When nineteen years of age he began doing for himself in the insurance business, and at the same time studied law with J. A. Bradshaw, with whom he remained until about one year after he was admitted to the bar, which was in September, 1880. He has since been successfully engaged in the practice of his chosen profession in Pulaski and adjoining counties, and is one of the promising young lawyers of Missouri. He is a fluent speaker, and his career has every promise of being a brilliant one. In 1882, when but twenty-two years of age, he was elected prosecuting attorney, to which office he has been twice re-elected. He is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the A. F. & A. M., of which lodge he has served as secretary and treasurer. May 25, 1882, he married Ida, daughter of Alexander and Mary Bryan, of Richland. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have a fine home in Richland, and are members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Davis is also an insurance and loan agent, and for six years acted as real estate agent for the ‘Frisco Railroad Company.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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