Jerome C. Davis

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Jerome C. Davis
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Born 1822
Died 1881
Nationality American
Known for The namesake of Davis, California

Jerome C. Davis (1822—1881) was an American agriculturalist for whom the city of Davis, California (formerly Davisville) is named.[1] Davis was born in Perry County, Ohio, where his father Isaac Davis and his mother Rachael Manley had a family farm. He also had a brother, Franklin B., and a sister, Elnora. Jerome got his start as a ferry operator on the Sacramento River with his father-in-law, and later become a prominent landowner with 12,000 acres of farmland.[2] 773 acres of his farm was purchased to be part of the newly formed University of California, Davis.[1] Davis served as the president of the State Agricultural Society (predecessor to California Exposition), and opened the 8th annual California State Fair in 1861.[3]


  1. ^ a b Albert G. Pickerell; May Dornin (1968), The University of California: A Pictorial History, University of California Press, p. 131 
  2. ^ Judith M. Taylor (1 March 2004), The Olive in California: History of an Immigrant Tree, Ten Speed Press, p. 35, ISBN 978-1-58008-131-3 
  3. ^ California State Agricultural Society (1905), Report of the California State Agricultural Society, retrieved 21 September 2013 

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