William Z. Davis

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William Zephania Davis
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Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
January 9, 1900 – December 31, 1912
Preceded by Joseph Perry Bradbury
Succeeded by R. M. Wanamaker
Personal details
Born (1839-06-10)June 10, 1839
Belmont County, Ohio
Died December 17, 1923(1923-12-17) (aged 84)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Marion Cemetery, Marion, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Harriet Search
Jessie Myer
Children three
Religion Methodist Episcopal Church

William Zephania Davis (June 10, 1839 – December 17, 1923) was a Republican politician in the U.S. State of Ohio who was an Ohio Supreme Court Judge 1900–1912.

Davis was born in Loydsville, Belmont County, Ohio to Dr. Bashford Washington Davis and Harriet (née Hatcher) Davis. He was educated in the public schools and a private academy. He was a long term member of the American Microscopical Society. During the American Civil War, Davis served a three month enlistment in the 4th Ohio Infantry, and afterward in the 96th Ohio Infantry, until disabled and honorably discharged in the Vicksburg Campaign.[1]

Davis was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice after recovering from war injuries. He worked in the State and Federal courts. Davis was nominated by the Republican Party for Supreme Court Justice in June, 1899, and elected in November of that year. Joseph Perry Bradbury resigned from the Court January 9, 1900, and Davis was appointed the next day to fill the seat by Governor Nash. He entered his elected term February 9, 1900,[1] and served until the end of 1912.[2]

After retiring from the court, Davis had a private practice in Columbus from 1913 to 1921. He died in Columbus December 17, 1923, and was buried at Marion Cemetery in Marion, Ohio.[3]

Davis was married to Harriet Search of Marion on August 3, 1868. They raised two daughters, and another died in childhood. Harriet died August 2, 1901, and Davis married Jessie Myer of Columbus September 2, 1903. They had no children.[3]

Davis was a charter member Lodge 402 of the Knights of Pythias, and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Marion and Columbus.[3]

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