He was Supervisor of the Town of Lancaster from 1888 to 1891, and from 1893 to 1897; and a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1894.
He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1896 to 1910, sitting in the 119th, 120th, 121st, 122nd, 123rd, 124th, 125th, 126th, 127th, 128th, 129th (all eleven 49th D.), 130th, 131st, 132nd and 133rd New York State Legislatures (all four 50th D.).
In 1909 Davis was among a trio of finalist judges, including, Sir Byron Edmund Walker of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto and Sir George Christie Gibbons of London, Ontario, all patrons of the arts, whom were asked to join the selection committee for the Bell Telephone Memorial and choose the design sculptor for a major Bell Telephone monument in Brantford, Canada.
Davis is buried in his family's mausoleum at Lancaster Rural Cemetery.
No-hitter pitcher George Allen Davis (1890–1961) was his son.
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