Jackson B. Davis

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Jackson Beauregard Davis
Louisiana State Senator from Caddo and Bossier parishes (later District 37)
In office
1956–1980
Preceded by Charles Emery Tooke, Jr.
Succeeded by Sydney B. Nelson
Personal details
Born (1918-03-27) March 27, 1918 (age 96)
Lecompte
Rapides Parish
Louisiana, USA
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Rosemary Slattery Davis
Residence Shreveport, Louisiana
Occupation Attorney
(1) A Democrat, Davis repudiated U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1964 general election and instead supported Republican Barry Goldwater.

(2) Davis spent his entire United States Navy service (1941-1946) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Jackson Beauregard Davis (born March 27, 1918)[1] is an American attorney based in Shreveport, Louisiana, who served as a Democrat in the Louisiana State Senate from 1956 to 1980.[2] Now in his nineties, Davis still practices law and is active in community affairs, often addressing public gatherings. He is a survivor of the World War II Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Davis was born near Lecompte in south Rapides Parish. After he procured his law degree from Louisiana State University in 1940, Jackson volunteered for service of his country and received an officer's commission in the United States Navy. Assigned to naval intelligence, he was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for the duration of World War II. Davis arrived in Hawaii on September 7, 1941, on the USS Neosho. Though personally spared injury, he was awakened in his hotel room to the first wave of bombing by the Japanese that was unleashed on the morning of December 7, 1941.[3] He worked in traffic analysis, codebreaking, and communications in the basement of the Fourteenth Naval District headquarters building there. He was discharged as a lieutenant commander in January 1946.[3]

Davis's law office is located at 920 Pierremont Road, Suite 100. In 2009, he entered his 63rd year as a practicing attorney.[4]

Davis is not related to two-term Governor Jimmie Davis, who had also resided in Shreveport for a period of time prior to 1944. In 1956, Jackson Davis launched a political career with election to the first of six consecutive four-year terms in the state Senate. Though a Democrat, Davis was uncomfortable with the national party nominees. In 1964, he refused to endorse the election of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and joined a number of Louisiana Democratic officeholders who, along with Caddo Parish Sheriff J. Howell Flournoy and Mayor W. L. "Jack" Howard of Monroe, endorsed the Republican presidential nominee, U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona. Davis and Flournoy timed their announcement with Goldwater’s campaign stop in Shreveport.[5]

A supporter of right-to-work laws and business expansion, Jackson was considered a fiscal conservative in his long legislative career. He also worked to expand higher education in the northwest Louisiana corridor, including the establishment in 1967 of Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

In his first three Senate terms, Davis served at-large with Senator B.H. "Johnny" Rogers of De Soto Parish. In his fourth term, his colleagues were future U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., and Joe LeSage, both attorneys in Shreveport. In his fifth term, Davis's Caddo Parish colleagues were Don W. Williamson, then of Vivian, and Cecil K. Carter, Jr., of Shreveport. In his last term, he served alongside Williamson and Virginia Shehee of Shreveport, a prominent businesswoman and the first woman elected to the Louisiana State Senate. When Davis did not seek a seventh term in the 1979 nonpartisan blanket primary, he was succeeded in a single-member Caddo and Bossier Parish district by attorney Sydney B. Nelson of Shreveport.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Net Detective People Search
  2. ^ a b "Membership in the Louisiana State Senate, 1880-2008". legis.state.la.us. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Jackson B. Davis, Lieutenant Commander". Oral History Project, R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ "FindLaw". findlaw.com. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ Shreveport Journal, September 17, 1964, p. 1
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Emery Tooke, Jr.
Louisiana State Senator from Caddo and Bossier parishes (later District 37)

Jackson B. Davis
1956–1980

Succeeded by
Sydney B. Nelson