Jerome C. Davis

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Jerome C. Davis
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Known forThe 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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