Elmer David Davies

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Elmer David Davies
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
In office
July 12, 1939 – January 7, 1957
Appointed byFranklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded byJohn J. Gore
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born(1899-01-12)January 12, 1899
Magnolia, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedJanuary 7, 1957(1957-01-07) (aged 57)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Cause of deathHeart attack
Alma materVanderbilt University
OccupationLawyer, politician

Elmer David Davies (January 12, 1899 – January 7, 1957) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a member of the Tennessee State Senate, and later served as a United States federal judge.

Early life[edit]

Elmer David Davies was born on January 12, 1899 in Magnolia, Arkansas.[1] He received an LL.B. from Vanderbilt University in 1922. Davies joined the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana and attended a meeting while he was a student at Vanderbilt; however, he later claimed he was disillusioned and stopped going.[2]

Career[edit]

Davies was in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee from 1922 to 1939, and served as a Tennessee state senator from 1935 to 1939.[1]

On June 19, 1939, Davies was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee vacated by John J. Gore. Davies was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 12, 1939, and received his commission the same day. He served as chief judge from 1954 to 1957.

Death[edit]

Davies died of a heart attack on January 7, 1957 in Nashville, Tennessee.[1]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Funeral Scheduled for Judge Davies". Kingsport Times. Kingsport, Tennessee. January 8, 1957. p. 2. Retrieved September 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. (Registration required (help)).
  2. ^ "DAVIES OPPOSITION GROWS IN SENATE. Confirmation of Tennessean For U.S. Judge Recalled By Committee". Kingsport Times. July 13, 1939. pp. 1, 16. Retrieved September 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. (Registration required (help)).
Legal offices
Preceded by
John J. Gore
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
1939–1957
Succeeded by
seat abolished