DAVIS, Garrett

DAVIS, Garrett
Library of Congress
1801–1872

Biography

DAVIS, Garrett, (brother of Amos Davis), a Representative and a Senator from Kentucky; born in Mount Sterling, Ky., September 10, 1801; completed preparatory studies; employed in the office of the county clerk of Montgomery County and afterward of Bourbon County; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1823 and commenced practice in Paris, Ky.; member, State house of representatives 1833-1835; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1847); chairman, Committee on Territories (Twenty-seventh Congress); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1846; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; declined the nomination for lieutenant governor in 1848; declined the American Party nomination for governor in 1855 and for the presidency in 1856; was opposed to secession and supported the Constitutional Union ticket in 1860; elected as a Unionist in 1861 to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of John C. Breckinridge; reelected as a Democrat in 1867 and served from December 10, 1861, until his death in Paris, Bourbon County, Ky., September 22, 1872; chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Forty-second Congress); interment in Paris Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Filson Club Historical Society

Louisville, KY
Papers: 1839-1868. 16 items. A collection of miscellaneous letters.
Additional Papers: Letters in the Orlando Brown papers; John B. Bruner papers; Charles Lanman collection; William Nelson papers; and Henry Clay miscellaneous papers.

Kentucky Historical Society

Frankfort, KY
Papers: Ca. .1 cubic foot of correspondence and papers (1861-1871) in the Metcalfe, Todd and D. Howard Smith collections.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections and Archives

Lexington, KY
Papers: 9 items (1841-1871) in various collections.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library

Rochester, NY
Papers: 3 letters (1862-1868) in various collections. Finding aid.

Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collection

Bowling Green, KY
Papers: 1862. 3 items. 1 letter and 2 photographs.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Garrett Davis (a Senator from Kentucky). 42d Cong., 3d sess., 1872-1873. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1873.

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