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David Davidson

Entrepreneur & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 14 October 2009
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Not much is known about David Davidson other than that he owned a shop in Oxford Street which specialised in fancy goods, toys, clothing and drapery. It went into liquidation in January 1904, after which Davidson established himself as an auctioneer and estate agent.

This was an era of unprecedented growth at East London although it came to an abrupt end with the onset of the post-Boer War recession which started to bite after 1904. The recession would last some six years, coming to an end in about 1910, to be followed by a short period of growth which ended with the outbreak of the Great War in 1914.

Davidson attempted to enter the Town Council in February 1914 but lost by two votes to Frederick Gregg in Ward 2. His further attempt in March that year was successful when he was returned unopposed after Thomas Kirk had his seat declared vacant, but served for only a few months.

It is not known what happened to David Davidson after that, or when and where he died.

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