C. J. DAVIS, president and treasurer of the Davis-Price Foundry and Machine COmpany, is a representative business man residing at No. 72 North 5th Street, Steubenville, O., and for a number of years has been identified with manufacturing interests. He was born at Clarksburg, Va., now West Virginia, December 28, 1860, and is a son of John A. and A. C. Davis.
John A. Davis, father of C. A. Davis, was also a manufacturer and was a member of the firm of R. Davis & Son, which firm, for seventy years, conducted a large saddlery and harness business at Clarksburg, where he died in 1885. He married a daughter of W. W. Jasper, of Rockbridge County, Virginia, and she survives and lives in the old home at Clarksburg.
C. J. Davis attended school at Clarksburg until he was about fifteen years of age and after that became self supporting. For seven years he was a clerk in a general store and then embarked in a wholesale china and glassware business at Clarksburg. Subsequently selling this store he then represented several large manufacturers of china and for ten years traveled throughout the West, after which he came to Steubenville and assisted in organizing the Means Foundry and Machine Company, filling the office of treasurer. In 1900 in partnership with others he incorporated the Davis-Price Foundry and Machine Company of New Cumberland, West Virginia, and this concern has developed into an important business factor in this city's industrial life. In 1907 he resigned his position as treasurer of the Means Foundry and Machine Company and disposed of his interests therein tobecome president and treasurer of the Davis-Price Foundry and Machine Company. Mr. Davis is a stockholder in the American China Company of Toronto, O., and for several years was the vice-president of the company. He also organized the Pittsburgh Block Coal COmpany, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and was its first treasurer and vice-president.
Mr. Davis was married to Miss Mary A. Tavenner, of Parkersburg, W. Va., and they have two children, Thomas Britton and Mary Esther. Only exceptional circumstances would ever cause Mr. Davis to accept public office, but he has always been a staunch Republican. He is a thirty-third degree Mason, member of the Superior Council Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction; belongs to all the branches of Masonry at Steubenville, and is also a member of the Provincial Grand Lodge at Edinburg, Scotland. He is also a Knight Templar and member of Ohio Council of Deliberation.