- John Davis (Massachusetts Governor)
name = John Davis
imagesize = 200px
caption = John Davis (taken between 1844 and 1860)
jr/sr = Class 2 Senator
March 4, 1835
January 5, 1841 March 24, 1845– March 3, 1853
Nathaniel Silsbee Isaac C. Bates
Isaac C. Bates Edward Everett
Daniel Webster, Robert C. Winthrop, Robert Rantoul, Jr., Charles Sumner
order2 = 14th & 17th
office2 = Governor of Massachusetts
January 9, 1834
March 1, 1835 January 7, 1841– January 17, 1843
Samuel Turell Armstrong
Levi Lincoln, Jr. Marcus Morton
Samuel Turell Armstrong Marcus Morton
district3 = 5th
March 4, 1825
January 14, 1834
Levi Lincoln, Jr.
birth_date = birth date|1787|01|13
death_date = death date and age|1854|04|19|1787|01|13
restingplace = Rural Cemetery
nationality = American
party = Whig
spouse = Eliza Bancroft
relations = John Davis (father),
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.(great-great grandson)
John Chandler Bancroft Davis, Horace Davis
net worth =
John Davis (
January 13, 1787– April 19, 1854) was an American lawyer, businessmanand politician.
John Davis was born on
January 13, 1787in Northborough, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale Collegein 1812, where he was one of the four founding members of the Skull and Dagger secret society.
Following his graudation Davis went on to practice law in
He served as the Whig
Governor of Massachusettsfrom 1834 to 1835. Elected as an Anti-Jacksonian(later Whig) to the United States Senateand served in the 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th Congress to January 5 1841, when he resigned. He chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Commercein 1835 and 1836.
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. [cite news |first= |last= |coauthors= |title=John Davis (1787-1854) |date= |publisher= |url=http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=mg2terminal&L=7&L0=Home&L1=State+Government&L2=About+Massachusetts&L3=Interactive+State+House&L4=History+Resources&L5=Governors+of+Massachusetts&L6=Commonwealth+of+Massachusetts+(1780-1850)&sid=massgov2&b=terminalcontent&f=interactive_statehouse_govs_davis&csid=massgov2 |work= |pages= |accessdate=2008-09-17 |language=]
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, 1853when he declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852, and retired from public life.
He died in
Worcester, Massachusettson April 19, 1854, aged 67 and was interred in the Rural Cemetery.
He married Eliza Bancroft and they were the parents of
John Chandler Bancroft Davisand Horace Davis; he was also great-great grandfather of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
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 Bancroftwas an American historian and statesman who was prominent in promoting secondary education both in his home state and at the national level.
Davis political family
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