(1855 - 1914)
Yosef (Yusuf) Davydov was born in 1855 to Yudo and
Ogul Davydov in Tashkent. His father, Yudo, worked as a dyer of fabrics
and owned a shop, eventually becoming wealthy.
Growing up, Yosef studied Hebrew and laws of the Talmud.
After he finished his education, Davydov used
family capitol to open the Davydov Trading
House with his brothers and a partner, Benjamin
Abramov. The business was very successful,
and in a short time the Davydov brothers became
the owners of four cotton factories, a brewery
(which is still in operation in Tashkent as
the Brewery #6) and a plenty of warehouses.
Yosef Davydov became a millionaire in Tashkent,
where the family had a private residence on
street named Davydov. (It was subsequently
renamed Arpapai, and then Uzbekistan Street.)
Wanting to give back to the Jewish community
that raised him, Davydov inanced the construction
of two Jewish schools and a synagogue in 1902.
A businessman and at the same time a religious
person, Yosef Davydov made several pilgrimages
where he had constructed a house in Sh'hunat
ha-Buharim. He was also the founder of Bukharian-Jewish
cemetery called "Chigatai" in Tashkent.
In 1908, Yosef Davydov was elected as the
head of Bukharian Jewish community of Tashkent.
In 1913, Davydov and his wife left Tashkent
and moved to Jerusalem, where he had a private
residence. Yosef Davydov died in 1914 in Jerusalem at age 58.