Charles J Davis

Charles J. Davis, mayor of Lansing from 1879-1899, was a Canadian born immigrant to the United States who worked his way up from modest standings as a lumberman in Saginaw county to the mayor of Lansing in the late 1890s. Charles Davis was born in 1845 in Canada, presumably a single child, to two unnamed parents. In 1874 he married Amelia Hurd, and the two settled in Lansing. He was survived by his two children, Anna and Samuel, both of whom appear to have died childless. Mr. Davis was prominent in many social circles around Lansing and a prominent naturalist in central Michigan, as evidenced by his large taxidermy collection at home.