Davison, Michigan

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Davison is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Flint. The population was 5,536 at the 2000 census. Davison is located within Davison Township, but is administratively autonomous.

Davison was first settled in 1842 by Eleazer Thurston.[3]

Davison was named after Judge Norman Davison, who founded a nearby town formerly known as Davisonville, now known as Atlas.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 kmĀ²), all land.

Notable residents

Davison is the hometown for participants in several prominent events in American history.

  • Filmmaker Michael Moore was born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Flint, Michigan, spent most of his childhood in Davison, and graduated from Davison High School in 1972.[4]
  • Thomas C. Hart, a U.S. Navy admiral and Superintendent of the Naval Academy in the early 20th Century, was born in Davison and graduated early from Davison High School to attend Annapolis, beginning a career that saw him at the forefront of developing combat strategies in submarine warfare. Admiral Hart was a US senator from Connecticut in the last years of his life. The US Navy frigate USS Thomas C. Hart (FF-1092) was named in his honor.
  • Brent Metcalf, two time NCAA national wrestling champion
  • Ken Morrow, an ice hockey defenseman, played on the U.S. men's ice hockey team in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games that won the gold medal by beating Finland after defeating the Soviet Union's team in what has become known as the Miracle on Ice. Morrow also played for the New York Islanders, becoming the first player to win an Olympic gold medal and an NHL championship in one season.
  • Barry Stokes, a current NFL football player, is from Davison.
  • The post-hardcore band Chiodos started in Davison.
  • Robert Longfield, American composer and arranger, served as the band and orchestra director at Davison High School from 1972-1987.
  • Tim Thomas, Goaltender for the Boston Bruins is a 1992 graduate of Davison High School.
  • Actor Phillip Roetter a current ABC Family actor.

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