Benton County


Travis Davidson, attorney at law of Camden, and ex-register of Benton County, was born in Perry County, Tenn., December 4, 1856, son of L. Berry and Mary J. (Langley) Davidson, natives respectively of Kentucky and Tennessee. Our subject's grandfather, William Davidson, came to Tennessee from Virginia early in the present century, and located in Davidson County, but later moved to Kentucky, where our subject's father was born and reared. L. B. came to Tennessee about sixty years ago, and located in Perry County, where he married and reared a family of nine children, two sons and three daughters now living. He died there December 20, 1860. The mother still survives him. Our subject, Travis, left Perry County at the age of fifteen, and grew to manhood on the farm in this county. He secured a good literary education, and by his own efforts prepared himself for teaching. He followed this profession until 1882, when he was elected register of the county. During his term of office he studied law, and in April, 1885, was admitted to the Benton County bar. From that time to the present he has been actively engaged in his profession, having also served his term of four years as magistrate. In July, 1886, he was elected mayor of Camden, and now fills this position. August 6, 1884, he married Lucy B. Hughes, of McKenzie, Tenn., and to them was born one child, Daisy. Mr. Davidson is a true and unswerving Democrat in politics. He is a member of the 0.0. of H., and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which he is a deacon. He is a clerk of the session and superintendant of the Sunday-school, and is one of the county's best citizens. He was constable of Second District from 1880 to 1882, and has been a regular correspondent for the Nashville Union since the paper started. Mrs. Davidson is a native of Carroll County, Tenn., and a daugther of William and Virginia (Gaines) Hughes. She was reared in Carroll County and attended McKenzie and later Bethel College, from which she graduated. She studied art for years, which she has made a profession, making specialty of landscape painting in oil, in which she has gained much well merited popularity