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Davis, Alexander Jackson

Jane B. Davies

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Davis, Alexander Jackson (24 July 1803–14 January 1892), architect, was born in New York City, the son of Cornelius Davis, a bookseller and editor of theological works, and Julia Jackson. Davis spent his early years in New Jersey and attended elementary school in upstate New York. In 1818 Davis went to Alexandria, Virginia, to learn the printing trade from a half-brother. His enthusiastic reading of romantic literature and acting in amateur theatrical productions stimulated his imagination and aroused his sense of drama....

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Subjects: Architecture

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