Joseph J. Davis

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Joseph Jonathan Davis
Joseph Jonathan Davis.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byWilliam A. Smith
Succeeded byWilliam Ruffin Cox
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1828-04-13)April 13, 1828
Louisburg, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedAugust 7, 1892(1892-08-07) (aged 64)
Louisburg, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionPolitician, lawyer, judge
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States
Branch/service Confederate States Army
RankConfederate States of America Captain.png Captain
UnitNorth Carolina 47th North Carolina Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Joseph Jonathan Davis (April 13, 1828 – August 7, 1892) was an American lawyer and judge who represented his native North Carolina's 4th congressional district from 1875 to 1881.


Born near the small North Carolina town of Louisburg, Davis attended Louisburg Academy, Wake Forest College and the College of William and Mary. He graduated from the law department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1850 and was admitted to the bar the same year, commencing practice in Oxford, North Carolina and later Louisburg, North Carolina. During the Civil War, he served as captain of Company G in the 47th North Carolina Infantry Regiment in the Confederate Army.[1]

Davis was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1868 to 1870 and was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1874, serving from 1875 to 1881. Afterwards, he resumed practicing law, was appointed an associate justice in the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1887 and was elected to the position in 1888. He died in Louisburg at the age of 64 and was interred in the town's Oaklawn Cemetery.[1]

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Joseph J. Davis (id: D000123)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Joseph J. Davis at Find a Grave


  1. ^ a b "Davis, Joseph Jonathan". United States Congress. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881
Succeeded by