George R. Davis

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George R. Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded by Charles B. Farwell
Succeeded by James H. Ward
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by Carter H. Harrison
Succeeded by John F. Finerty
Personal details
Born George Royal Davis
(1840-01-03)January 3, 1840
Palmer, Massachusetts, USA
Died November 25, 1899(1899-11-25) (aged 59)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Resting place Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater Williston Seminary
Occupation Director General, financial agent, Senior Colonel, treasurer
Profession Business, law
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Illinois National Guard
Years of service 1862–1865
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Unit 8th Massachusetts Militia
2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery
Commands 3rd Rhode Island Cavalry
1st Regiment, Illinois National Guard
Battles/wars American Civil War

George Royal Davis (January 3, 1840 – November 25, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Palmer, Massachusetts, Davis completed classical studies at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Massachusetts, and was graduated in 1860. Afterwards he studied law.

Civil War military service[edit]

Davis entered the Union Army in July 1862 and served as captain in the Eighth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and as major in the Third Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteer Cavalry.


Early career[edit]

Following the war Davis engaged in manufacturing, the insurance business, and as financial agent at Chicago, Illinois.

Military career[edit]

Davis later served as member of the State militia and senior colonel of the First Regiment, Illinois National Guard.

Political career[edit]

Davis was elected as a Republican to the 46th, 47th, and 48th Congresses (March 4, 1879 – March 4, 1885). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1884.

Business career[edit]

Davis chose to end his political career and resume his former business pursuits. He served as treasurer of Cook County, Illinois from 1886 to 1890. He served as director general of the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893.


Davis died in Chicago, and was interred in Rosehill Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Carter H. Harrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
John F. Finerty
Preceded by
Charles B. Farwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
James H. Ward

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website