DAVIS, Clifford

DAVIS, Clifford
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1897–1970

Biography

DAVIS, Clifford, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Miss., November 18, 1897; moved with his parents to Memphis, Tenn., in 1911; attended the public schools of Memphis, and was graduated from the law department of the University of Mississippi at Oxford in 1918; was admitted to the bar in 1918 and commenced practice in Memphis, Tenn.; city judge of Memphis 1923-1927; vice mayor and commissioner of public safety of Memphis 1928-1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Walter C. Chandler; reelected to the Seventy-seventh and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from February 15, 1940, to January 3, 1965; chairman, Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures (Eighty-fourth through Eighty-eighth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; returned to the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and practiced until his death there June 8, 1970; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Sound Discs: 1946, 2 sound discs. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Tennessee's admission to the Union and the opening of the Tennessee exhibit at the Library of Congress, U.S. Rep. Clifford Davis of Memphis talks about Tennessee in terms of her history, politics, and American contributions. Librarian of Congress Luther Evans makes opening and closing remarks.
Papers: In the John V. Beamer papers, 1918-1964, 15 boxes. Correspondents include Clifford Davis.
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