Joseph Davison

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Sir Joseph Davison (1868 – 15 July 1948)[1] was a prominent Northern Irish Unionist politician.

He was knighted in the Honours for the Opening of the Parliament of Northern Ireland in 1921. In 1923, Davison stood as the Ulster Unionist Party candidate in a by-election in Belfast West to the Northern Ireland House of Commons, but was beaten by independent Unionist Philip James Woods.[2]

In 1933, writing in the Northern Whig, Davison stated "...it is time Protestant employers of Northern Ireland realised that whenever a Roman Catholic is brought into their employment it means one Protestant vote less... I suggest the slogan should be 'Protestants employ Protestants'".[3]

By 1935, Davison was the County Grand Master of the Orange Order in Belfast. When Prime Minister of Northern Ireland James Craig attempted to ban all marches from 18 June, Davison led the objections, and the ban was lifted within days.[4]

In 1935, Davison was elected to the Senate of Northern Ireland. He served as Deputy Speaker from 1936 until 1937.[5] In 1940, he was appointed to the Privy Council of Northern Ireland.[1] He was then Deputy Leader of the Senate and Parliamentary Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister from 1941 until his death.[5] Also in 1941, Davison was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Department of the Prime Minister, serving in this post until his death.[6]

Sir Joseph Davison became Grand Master of the Orange Institution of Ireland by 1941, serving until his death in 1948.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Privy Counsellors - Ireland
  2. ^ Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election Results 1921-29: Belfast
  3. ^ Quoted in Fionnbarra Ó Dochartaigh, Ulster's White Negroes
  4. ^ Gillian McIntosh, The Force of Culture: Unionist Identities in Twentieth-century Ireland
  5. ^ a b The Northern Ireland Senate, 1921-72
  6. ^ The Government of Northern Ireland
Political offices
Preceded by
William Turner
High Sheriff of Belfast
1921–1922
Succeeded by
Henry McKeag
Preceded by
John Andrew Long
Deputy Leader of the Senate of Northern Ireland
1941–1948
Succeeded by
William Moore Wallis Clark
Preceded by
John Andrew Long
Parliamentary Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister (Northern Ireland)
1941–1948
Succeeded by
William Moore Wallis Clark
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Edward Archdale
Grand Master of the Orange Institution of Ireland
1941?–1948
Succeeded by
John Miller Andrews