Representative Harold Easterly Davidson View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 1/21/1971
Birth Place: Olin, IA
Birth County: Jones
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 38 (1919)
Home County: Page
Harold Easterly Davidson
Page County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character, and public service of the late Honorable Harold E. Davidson, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Harold Easterly Davidson was born at Olin, Iowa, on March 1, 1891, the son of Homer E. and Allie Easterly Davidson. He graduated from Olin High School and received his law degree from Drake University in 1916. He was married, to Thelma Cheese in 1924. Two children were born of this union, one son and one daughter. Mr. Davidson served as State Representative in the Thirty-Ninth General Assembly in 1919-1920 and was chairman of the Page County Republican Central Committee from 1920 to 1926. He also served as an official at the Drake Relays for several years. In 1969 he was awarded the “Double D” Award from Drake University for distinguished service.

Mr. Davidson was the Mayor of Clarinda for three terms. In 1939 he was appointed counsel for the Iowa Commerce Commission and held that position until his election as Judge in 1943. On January 1, 1943, he was elected Judge in the Fifteenth Judicial District, and retired from the bench in 1966, on his 75th birthday.

Judge Davidson passed away January 21, 1971. Services were held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Clarinda, and burial at the Clarinda cemetery. Surviving are his widow, Thelma; his son, Richard G. Davidson, and his daughter, Mrs. Martha Jean Bordner, both of Clarinda, and five grandchildren.

Judge Davidson was past president of the Iowa District Judges Association besides having a membership in the County, District, State and American bar associations. He was instrumental in organizing the Clarinda Country Club, was first commander of the American Legion Post in Clarinda, and served in the Army during 1917 and 1918. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 140, the Scottish Rite Consistory and Za-Ga-Zig Shrine. He was a member of the Westminster United Presbyterian Church.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-fourth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Harold E. Davidson, the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this resolution would express its appreciation of his service, and tender its sympathy to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.