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John Davis
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
Preceded by Mathias Morris
Succeeded by Robert Ramsey
Personal details
Born (1788-08-07)August 7, 1788
Solebury Township, Pennsylvania, USA
Died April 1, 1878(1878-04-01) (aged 89)
Davisville, Pennsylvania, USA
Resting place Davisville Baptist Church Cemetery
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Occupation Politician
Religion Baptist
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Rank Major General of Militia
Battles/wars War of 1812

John Davis (August 7, 1788 – April 1, 1878) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Early life[edit | edit source]

John Davis was born in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania.[1] He moved to Maryland and settled on a farm at Rock Creek Meeting House in 1795. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1812 and settled in what is now Davisville, Pennsylvania to engage in agricultural and mercantile pursuits.

Career[edit | edit source]

Militarial[edit | edit source]

He served as a served as captain in the War of 1812. He rose to the rank of major general of militia.

Political[edit | edit source]

Davis was elected as a Democrat to the 26th Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1840 to the 27th Congress.

Davis was appointed surveyor of the port of Philadelphia by President James K. Polk and served from 1845 to 1849.

Later life and death[edit | edit source]

Davis resumed his former business activities and died in Davisville in 1878, interred in Davisville Baptist Church Cemetery in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Davis, J". Political Graveyard. http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/davis5.html. Retrieved September 17, 2008. 

External links[edit | edit source]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mathias Morris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district

1835–1839
Succeeded by
Robert Ramsey

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