Isaac Davis (lawyer)

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Isaac Davis
Isaac Davis (June 2, 1799 - April 1, 1883).jpg
11th Mayor of
Worcester, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by William W. Rice
Succeeded by P. Emory Aldrich
8th Mayor of
Worcester, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by George W. Richardson
Succeeded by Alexander H. Bullock
6th Mayor of
Worcester, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by George W. Richardson
Succeeded by George W. Richardson
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
Born June 2, 1799
Died April 1, 1883
Worcester, Massachusetts
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Attorney

Isaac Davis (June 2, 1799 – April 1, 1883) was a lawyer and politician active in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Davis was born in Northborough, Massachusetts, graduated from Brown University in 1822, studied law until admitted to the bar in 1825, and began the practice in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he soon rose to eminence. He was, from 1843 to 1854, a member of the Massachusetts Senate, and three times mayor of Worcester from 1856 to 1859, in 1858, and 1861. Davis also served on the boards of various banks and railroad companies.

Davis was a promoter of popular education. From 1838 to 1851 Davis was on the board of trustees of Brown University, and became a Fellow in 1851; Davis also was a trustee of Columbian College (now George Washington University), Norwich University, and Waterville College (now Colby College). Davis served as first President of the Worcester Academy Board of Trustees, from 1834 to 1873, and for some time was an active member of the Massachusetts Board of Education. He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1841,[1] and later served on its board of councilors from 1850 to 1883.[2]


Davis died in Worcester, Massachusetts.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  2. ^ Dunbar, B. (1987). Members and Officers of the American Antiquarian Society. Worcester: American Antiquarian Society.