John G. Davis

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John G. Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1855
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1861
Preceded by Edward W. McGaughey
Harvey D. Scott
Succeeded by Harvey D. Scott
Daniel W. Voorhees
Personal details
Born John Givan Davis
(1810-10-10)October 10, 1810
Flemingsburg, Kentucky, USA
Died January 18, 1866(1866-01-18) (aged 55)
Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
Resting place Highland Lawn Cemetery
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Occupation Businessman, politician

John Givan Davis (October 10, 1810 – January 18, 1866) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Early life[edit]

Born near Flemingsburg, Kentucky, Davis moved to Indiana with his parents, who settled in Rockville, Parke County, in 1819. He attended the country schools and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as Sheriff of Parke County from 1830 to 1833, and clerk of the county court 1833–1850.

Political career[edit]

Davis was elected as a Democrat to the 32nd and 33rd Congresses but was unsuccessful for re-election in 1854 to the 34th Congress. He was elected as a Democrat to the 35th Congress and re-elected as an Anti-Lecompton Democrat to the 36th Congress, he was not a candidate for renomination in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress.

Later life[edit]

Following his political career Davis engaged in mercantile pursuits and meat packing in Montezuma, Indiana and moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, and engaged in business as a dry-goods merchant.


He died in Terre Haute, Indiana, on January 18, 1866 and was interred in Highland Lawn Cemetery.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward W. McGaughey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th congressional district

1851 – 1855
Succeeded by
Harvey D. Scott
Preceded by
Harvey D. Scott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th congressional district

1857 – 1861
Succeeded by
Daniel W. Voorhees