Joe W. Davis

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Joe W. Davis
Mayor Joe W Davis February 1970.png
Davis in February 1970
64th[1] Mayor of Huntsville
In office
Preceded by Glenn Hearn
Succeeded by Steve Hettinger
Personal details
Born (1918-10-22)October 22, 1918
Huntsville, Alabama
Died November 14, 1992(1992-11-14) (aged 74)
Huntsville, Alabama
Profession Educator, businessman

Joe William Davis (October 22, 1918 – November 14, 1992) was an American politician who served as mayor of Huntsville, Alabama, for five consecutive terms from 1968 to 1988.[2] He unsuccessfully sought a sixth term. Davis is the second-longest serving mayor of Huntsville, behind only Alex W. McAllister.

Born in nearby New Market, Alabama, Davis had worked as a teacher and a businessman before becoming Huntsville's mayor.[3] He was a veteran of World War II. Married with a family, Davis was a Freemason and member of Helion Lodge #1 in Huntsville. He is buried at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville.[4]


The Joe W. Davis Stadium in Huntsville, home of the Huntsville Stars baseball team from 1985 through 2014, is named in his honor.[5]


  1. ^ Before 1916, the office was known as "President." Davis was the 8th to hold the title of "Mayor."
  2. ^ "Huntsville's History of Mayors". City of Huntsville, Alabama. Archived from the original on January 15, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "New Market Celebrates its History" (PDF). The Huntsville Historical Review. 17 (1). Huntsville, AL: The Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society. Winter–Spring 1990. p. 29. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Davis, Joe W.". Maple Hill Cemetery Map. City of Huntsville, Alabama. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Knight, Graham (June 9, 2010). "Joe Davis Stadium". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved May 8, 2013.