Davis, John, 1787-1854

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John Davis (1787-1854) of Massachusetts was serving in the U.S. Senate at the time this letter was written. He served from March 4, 1835 to January 5, 1841, and March 24, 1845 to March 3, 1853.

From the description of Letter : Washington, D.C., to J. G. Marshall, Hancock County, West Virginia, [1835?-1853?] February 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122609063

American statesman and Governor of Massachusetts.

From the guide to the John Davis testimony and affidavit, 1841, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

American statesman and Governor of Massechusetts.

From the description of Testimony and Affidavit, 1841. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145435347

U.S. senator from Massachusetts and governor of Massachusetts.

From the description of John Davis correspondence, 1830-1848. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79423566

John Davis (1787-1854), son of Isaac and Anna Brigham Davis, was born in Northborough, Mass. He graduated from Yale College in 1812 and studied law with Francis Blake of Worcester. He was admitted to the bar in 1815 and soon after settled in Worcester, where he made a reputation as a forceful advocate in the courtroom. In 1822, he married Eliza Bancroft (1791-1872), daughter of the Rev. Aaron Bancorft and sister of George Bancroft. Three of their sons, John Chandler Bancroft, Horace, and Andrew McFarland had distinguished careers.

Davis was a U.S. Congressman, 1825-1834, Governor of Massachusetts, 1834-1835 and 1841-1843, and a U.S. Senator, 1835-1841 and 1845-1853. In Congress, first as a Federalist and later as a National Republican and Whig, he held conservative views on most controversial questions. He was a spokesman for New England interests, which demanded a protective tariff. He was a consistent opponent of President Andrew Jackson, and was against any further spread of slavery in the states or territories. He was one of two senators to vote against declaring war on Mexico. His uncompromising position on slavery prevented his nomination as Henry Clay's running mate on the Whig ticket in 1844. He was opposed to the Compromise of 1850, and exerted all his influence in support of the Whig candidate, General Winfield Scott, in the presidential campaign of 1852. After more than twenty-five years of public service, "Honest John" Davis retired, leaving the Senate on March 3, 1853. Davis was president of the American Antiquarian Society, 1853-1854, and received many honors. He died in Worcester at the age of sixty-seven.

From the description of Papers, 1812-1902. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207129555

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referencedIn Autograph File, D, 1586-1975. Houghton Library
referencedIn Edward Everett Hayden Family Papers, 1817-1963, (bulk 1879-1932) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn [Massachusetts State Seal], ca. 1840. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Story, Joseph, 1779-1845. Papers, 1794-1851 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. Letter, 1836 June 24 : Washington [D.C.], to [Governor John] J. Davis, [Mass.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Topical pamphlet collection, <1741>-<1996>. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
referencedIn Henry A. S. Dearborn collection, Dearborn, Henry A. S. collection, 1801-1850, 1814-1850 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Schouler, William, 1814-1872. William Schouler papers, 1840-1872. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Davis, John, 1787-1854. Letter : Worcester, Mass., to [Jacob Burnet], n.p., 1847 Sept. 20. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Letters to Matthew Calbraith Perry from various correspondents, 1799-1945. Houghton Library
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Joseph Story papers. 1794-1851. William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859. ALS : Boston, to Mr. John Davis, 1851 Feb. 10. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Bigelow, John P. (John Prescott), 1797-1872. Papers, 1805-1896 (bulk 1814-1863) Houghton Library
referencedIn Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. Papers, 1800-1900 (bulk 1824-1852) Library of Congress
creatorOf Davis, John, 1787-1854. Diary : manuscript, 1843-1844. Houghton Library
referencedIn Haight, John Thomas, 1813-1853. Papers, 1791-1936. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Everett, Alexander Hill, 1790-1847. Hale family papers, 1698-1916 (bulk 1810-1909). Library of Congress
creatorOf Davis, John, 1787-1854. ALS : [Boston, Mass], to "My dear Gov." [George Nixon Briggs], 1846 Aug.5. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf John Davis testimony and affidavit, 1841 L. Tom Perry Special Collections19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Hale Family Papers, 1698-1916, (bulk 1810-1909) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Hayden, Edward Everett, 1858-1932. Edward Everett Hayden family papers, 1817-1963 (bulk 1879-1932). Library of Congress
creatorOf Bancroft, George, 1800-1891. Miscellany Collection of John A. Schutz, 1693-1959. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Hendrickson, Robert Frederick. Accounting procedures at Harvard College as practiced during the tenure of Treasurer John Davis, April 1810-February 1827. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard University. Treasurer. Ledger accounts, etc., 1721-1963 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. Papers, 1800-1900 (bulk 1824-1852) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D Houghton Library
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Henry A. S. Dearborn collection, 1801-1850, bulk 1814-1850. William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Hudson, Charles, 1795-1881. Political biographies, 1864-1880. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Bancroft, George, 1800-1891. Papers of George Bancroft, 1811-1901. Library of Congress
referencedIn Harvard University. Treasurer. Treasurer's bonds, 1810-1898 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Hayden, Edward Everett, 1858-1932. Papers, 1817-1965 (bulk 1879-1932). Library of Congress
referencedIn Washburn, Emory, 1800-1877. Papers, 1833-1865. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf Armstrong, Samuel T., 1784-1850. Papers, 1812-1850. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Davis, John, 1787-1854. Letter : Washington, D.C., to J. G. Marshall, Hancock County, West Virginia, [1835?-1853?] February 11. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Davis, John, 1787-1854. John Davis correspondence, 1830-1848. Library of Congress
creatorOf Jackson, John Peter, 1805-1861. John P. Jackson papers, 1821-1887 1830-1860. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Briggs, George N. (George Nixon), 1796-1861. Correspondence, 1832-1861. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Davis, John, 1787-1854. Testimony and Affidavit, 1841. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Davis, John, 1787-1854. Papers, 1812-1902. American Antiquarian Society
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Massachusetts
Worcester (Mass.)
Northwest, Old
Washington (D.C.)
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
West Virginia
Illinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.)
United States
Massachusetts
Illinois
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Politics, Government, and Law
Canals
Women--Correspondence
Census districts
Politicians--Biographies--Sources
Civil Procedure and Courts
Politicians--Massachusetts--Biography--Sources
Governors--Biography--Sources
Illinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.)--Design and construction
Lawyers
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Senators, U.S. Congress--Massachusetts
Governor--Massachusetts
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Birth 1787-01-13

Death 1854-04-19

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