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Birthplace: Northborough, Worcester, MA, USA
Death: Died in Worcester, Worcester, MA, USA
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About John Davis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Davis_(Massachusetts_Governor)

John Davis (January 13, 1787 – April 19, 1854) was an American lawyer, businessman and politician.

Early life

John Davis was born in Northborough, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale College in 1812, where he was one of the four founding members of the Skull and Dagger secret society.

Early career

Following his graduation Davis went on to practice law in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Political career

Davis represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Congress to January 14, 1834, when he resigned, having been elected Governor.

He served as the 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts from 1834 to 1835. Elected as an Anti-Jacksonian (later Whig) to the United States Senate and served in the 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th Congress to January 5, 1841, when he resigned. He chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce in 1835 and 1836.

Business career

In 1844, Mr. Davis, his nephew, and several friends founded the State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, one of only five life insurance companies in the 26 United States.

Later political career

Again he served as Governor of Massachusetts from 1841–1843 and again elected in 1845 to the U.S. Senate, as a Whig, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Isaac C. Bates. He was re-elected in 1847 and served in the 29th, 30th, 31st and 32nd Congress to March 3, 1853 when he declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852, and retired from public life.

Death

He died in Worcester, Massachusetts and was interred in the Rural Cemetery.

Personal life

He married Eliza Bancroft and they were the parents of John Chandler Bancroft Davis and Horace Davis; he was also great-great grandfather of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Eliza Bancroft

Eliza Bancroft was the daughter of distinguished revolutionary soldier, leading Unitarian clergyman and author of a popular life of George Washington, Aaron Bancroft. Her brother George Bancroft was an American historian and statesman who was prominent in promoting secondary education both in his home state and at the national level.

-------------------- John Davis (1787-1854) Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1834-1835, 1841-1843

A graduate of Yale in 1812, John Davis trained for the law and was admitted to the bar in 1815. He settled in Worcester and won election to the U.S. Congress on his first attempt, serving from 1825 to 1834.

He won a plurality in a three-way race with Marcus Morton and John Quincy Adams, where he was elected Governor by a vote of the Massachusetts Senate. Governor Davis won reelection but resigned in 1835, having won a seat on the Whig ticket in the U.S. Senate. Mr. Davis served his complete term in the Senate 1835-1841.

Mr. Davis was elected Governor again in 1840, beating Marcus Morton who unsuccessfully challenged him again in 1841. Morton received a plurality and victory in the state Senate, unseating Davis. In 1844, Mr. Davis, his nephew, and several friends founded the State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, one of only five life insurance companies in the 26 United States. The company was a success, and Governor Davis returned to serve in the U.S. Senate, 1845-1853.

US Congressional biography: DAVIS, John, (1787 - 1854) Senate Years of Service: 1835-1841; 1845-1853 Party: Anti-Jacksonian; Whig

DAVIS, John, (father of Horace Davis, great-great grandfather of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.), a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Northboro, Mass., January 13, 1787; attended Leicester Academy, and graduated from Yale College in 1812; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Worcester, Mass., in 1815; elected to the Nineteenth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1825, to January 14, 1834, when he resigned, having been elected Governor; Governor of Massachusetts 1834-1835; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian (later Whig) to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1835, to January 5, 1841, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Commerce (Twenty-fourth Congress); Governor of Massachusetts 1841-1843; again elected in 1845 to the United States Senate, as a Whig, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Isaac C. Bates; reelected in 1847 and served from March 24, 1845, to March 3, 1853; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852, and retired from public life; died in Worcester, Mass., on April 19, 1854; interment in the Rural Cemetery. [1]

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John Davis, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1787
January 13, 1787
Northborough, Worcester, MA, USA
1822
December 22, 1822
Age 35
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1827
1827
Age 39
1831
March 16, 1831
Age 44
Worcester, Worcester, MA, USA
1833
1833
Age 45
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1854
April 19, 1854
Age 67
Worcester, Worcester, MA, USA
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Worcester, Worcester, MA, USA