- Bancroft Davis
name = Bancroft Davis
imagesize = 200 px
caption = Bancroft Davis in his later years.
order = 9th
Reporter of Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States
term_start = 1883
term_end = 1902
William Tod Otto
Charles Henry Butler
order2 = 7th, 9th & 14th
title2 = Assistant Secretary of State
March 25, 1869– November 13, 1871 January 24, 1873
January 30, 1874 December 19, 1881– July 7, 1882
Frederick W. Seward Charles Hale Robert R. Hitt
order3 = 13th
title3 = Envoy from the
United Statesto Germany
28 August 1874
26 September 1877
Ulysses S. Grant Rutherford B. Hayes
birth_date = birth date|1822|12|22
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
death_date = death date and age|1907|12|27|1822|12|22
Washington, DC, USA
birthname = John Chandler Bancroft Davis
nationality = American
party = Republican
relations = John Davis (father),
Author, lawyer, politician
net worth =
John Chandler Bancroft Davis, commonly known as Bancroft Davis (
December 22, 1822– December 27, 1907) was an American lawyer, judgeand diplomat.
Davis was born in Worcester,
Massachusetts, the son of John Davis, a Whig governor of Massachusetts, and was the older brother of congressman Horace Davis. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Davis, John Chandler Bancroft (1822-1907) | date= | publisher= | url =http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/davis5.html#RK40GFFXZ | work =Political Graveyard | pages = | accessdate = 2008-09-17 | language = ] He received his Bachelor of Artsdegree from Harvard Universityin 1847. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=John Chandler Bancroft Davis | date= | publisher= | url =http://law.jrank.org/pages/5968/Davis-John-Chandler-Bancroft.html | work =American Law Encyclopedia Vol 3 | pages = | accessdate = 2008-09-17 | language = ]
In 1849, Davis became secretary of the American
embassyin Londonand later its charg d'affaires. He practiced law in New York Cityand was the correspondent for " The Times" in London. Because of ill health, he retired from his law work in 1862, but in 1868 he was elected to the New York State Assembly.
Ulysses S. Grant, he was Assistant Secretary of Statein 1869-71 and again in 1873-74.
Between times he was a secretary of the commission which concluded the Treaty of Washington in 1871, to create a tribunal to settle the
Alabama claims. He subsequently represented the United States at the tribunal, the Geneva Court of Arbitration, which met at Genevaon December 15, 1871. The American case was prepared and presented by him.
In 1874, he was appointed as the U.S. Minister to
Germany, serving in that position until 1877. President Rutherford B. Hayesappointed him to be an associate judge on the United States Court of Claimson December 14, 1877.
For another special assignment at the State Department, he resigned from the Court of Claims in 1881 at the request of President
Chester A. Arthur, who reappointed him to the court in 1882. He resigned again in 1883 to become Reporter of Decisions for the Supreme Court.
Bancroft Davis died in
Washington, DCin 1907.
*(1847) "The Massachusetts Justice"
*(1871) "The Case of the United States Laid before the Tribunal of Arbitration at Geneva"
*(1873) "Treaties of the United States, with Notes" (new edition)
*(1893) "Mr. Fish and the Alabama Claims"
*(1897) "Origin of the Book of Common Prayer of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America"
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*"The United States Court of Claims : a history" / pt. 1. The judges, 1855-1976 / by Marion T. Bennett / pt. 2. Origin, development, jurisdiction, 1855-1978 / W. Cowen, P. Nichols, M.T. Bennett. Washington, D.C. : Committee on the Bicentennial of Independence and the Constitution of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1976 i.e. 1977-1978. 2 vols.
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