About Joseph J. Davis
Joseph Jonathan Davis (April 13, 1828 – August 7, 1892) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and judge from North Carolina.
Born near Louisburg, North Carolina, Davis attended Louisburg Academy, Wake Forest College and the College of William and Mary. He graduated from the law department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1850 and was admitted to the bar the same year, commencing practice in Oxford, North Carolina and later Louisburg, North Carolina. During the Civil War, he served as captain of Company G in the 47th North Carolina Infantry Regiment in the Confederate Army.
Davis was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1868 to 1870 and was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1874, serving from 1875 to 1881. Afterwards, he resumed practicing law, was appointed an associate justice in the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1887 and was elected to the position in 1888. He died in Louisburg, North Carolina on August 7, 1892 and was interned in Oaklawn Cemetery in Louisburg.