Davis, Thomas Aspinwall, 1798-1845
The tenth mayor of Boston was Thomas Aspinwall Davis. His ancestors were among the earliest settlers of Brookline, where he was born, December 11, 1798. He was educated in the public schools, learned the trade of a jeweler, and later became interested in politics. He became the candidate for mayor of a new party called the Native American Party against Josiah Quincy, Jr., and Adam W. Thaxter, Jr. Quincy withdrew, and finally Davis won on the eighth ballot. The only project of importance during his administration was an effort to get a supply of city water from Long Pond, but it was defeated. Davis's health became so poor that he offered his resignation, which was not accepted, and he continued to be nominal mayor until his death, November 22, 1845. He bore an excellent character, but lacked the qualifications to become a successful administrator.
Taken from "Boston's 45 Mayors from John Phillips to Kevin H. White," City Record, Boston, 1979.
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