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Alexander Davezac Biography

Scan001from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Kenton County, Kentucky

Alexander Davezac, a native of Toulouse, France, was born February 22, 1847, and is a son of Peter and Mary (Besson) Davezac.  Peter Davezac came to the United States in 1859, sojourned awhile in St. Louis, Missouri, and then removed to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was largely engaged in mercantile business, chiefly handling cotton, and was also a commission merchant in Cincinnati, Ohio.  His demise took place in 1881.  Alexander Davezac was educated at Cahors, France, the town in which his mother was born, and in which Gambetta, the illustrious statesman, was also educated.  After coming to this country he was engaged with his father in business in Nashville and elsewhere, and in 1860 settled in Covington, Kentucky, which place he has since made his home, and where his superior business qualifications have placed him in the front rank of the solid merchants of the city.  In 1872 he entered the wholesale liquor trade, and in 1885 added a retail department.  That his shrewdness and business tact are considerably above average, it is only necessary to state that his wholesale trade reaches from $75,000 to $100,000 per annum, and that he has accumulated real estate in Covington to the amount of $100,000.  As further evidence of the ability of Mr. Davezac, and the confidence his fellow citizens have in him, it may be stated that he was elected to represent the second district of Covington, his present abode, in the Kentucky Legislature for the session of 1883-84; and further, was selected by President Grover Cleveland as consul to France, but declined the appointment.  Mr. Davezac is at present one of the trustees of the reservoir belonging to the water-works company of Covington, and also holds other places of trust, such as director in the Land and Town Company of Kansas.  He was married June 29, 1871, to Miss Elizabeth Hesemeier, daughter of John Hesemeier, a prominent lumber merchant of Covington.  To this union two children have been born:  Albert and Gabriel.  The family is Catholic as to religion, and politically Mr. Davezac is Democratic.


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