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Wilmer W. Davidson

Wilmer W. Davidson has won secure prestige as one of the representative younger members of the bar of Clayton county and is associated with his honored father, with residence in the fine little city of Elkader, the judicial center of the county. Mr. Davidson was born in Volga, this county, on the 10th of November, 1874, and is a son of Thomas Marion Davidson and Margaret E. (Wickham) Davidson, both of whom were born and reared in the State of Ohio and the marriage of whom was solemnized January 25, 1864, at which time the young husband was still in service as a gallant soldier of the Union in the Civil war.

Thomas M. Davidson arrived in Clayton county, Iowa, on the 25th of October, 1856, and established his residence on a farm near Volga, thus becoming a resident of the county in the pioneer epoch of its history and having here maintained his home for half a century. When the Civil war was precipitated he subordinated all other interests to tender his aid in defense of the Union. He enlisted in Company F, Sixteenth United States Infantry, with which he proceeded to the front and entered upon his strenuous career as a soldier. While with a supply train enroute between Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee, he was taken prisoner by a party of Morgan’s historic raiders, but was paroled three hours later. His exchange effected, he continued in active service during three years of the great internecine conflict, the last year having found him as signed to the position of duty sergeant and his honorable discharge having been received on the 12th of November, 1864. He took part in numerous engagements, including the memorable battle of Shiloh, and proved himself a leal and loyal soldier of the nation, his continued interest in his old comrades having in later years been signified by his appreciative affiliation with the Grand Army of the Republic. After the close of his military career Mr. David son returned to Clayton county and here he applied himself finally to the diligent study that prepared him for the legal profession, his admission to the bar having occurred in 1878, since which time he has continued in the active practice of his profession, with high standing as an able trial lawyer and well fortified counselor, and with secure vantage ground as one of the leading members of the bar of Clayton county, where he has appeared in connection with much important litigation during the long period of nearly forty years that have recorded his successful labors in his chosen profession. In 1896 he was elected county attorney, and of this office he continued the incumbent eight years, his administration having been marked by efficiency and having added materially to his professional precedence. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party and he has been influential in its councils and cam paign activities in Clayton county for many years.

He and his wife became the.parents of four children, the first two being twins, one of whom died at birth, the other twin, Elmer E., dying at Polk City at the age of 9 years. Margaret A. is the wife of Rev. Robert C. Lusk, who is a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal church and who holds, in 1916, a pastoral charge at Marble Rock, Floyd county, this state; and Wilmer W., immediate subject of this review, is the youngest of the children.

Wilmer W. Davidson continued his studies in the public schools of his native county until he had completed the curriculum of the Elkader high school, and within a short time after his graduation he entered the law department of Drake University, in the city of Des Moines, in which institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1901, and from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He was forthwith admitted to the bar of his native state, and has been actively associated with his father in general practice since that time, with assured and well-proved reputation, both as a resourceful advocate and conservative counselor. His political support is given unreservedly to the Republican party, and no better voucher for his personal popularity can be found than in his incumbency of the office of mayor of Elkader, to which important municipal position he was elected for the second term in the spring of 1916 and in which he is giving, at the time of this writing, a most progressive and satisfactory administration. Both he and his father hold membership in the Clayton County Bar Association, and in Elkader he is affiliated with Elkader Lodge, No. 72, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, as well as with the adjunct chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and of the De Molay Consistory No. 1, also with the local camp of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Brotherhood of American Yeomen.

In November, 1901, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Davidson to Miss Mollie Beer, who likewise was born and reared in this county and who is a daughter of Christian and Marie (Schori) Beer, the former of whom is deceased and the latter of whom still maintains her home in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Davidson have a winsome little daughter, Ruth Marie, who was born April 6, 1911.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 80-81
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