In 1881 Davis moved to Chicago, Illinois where he was a lamplighter. In 1884 he attended the University of Kansas and became a lawyer initially practicing in Garden City, Kansas and becoming active in the Republican Party. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School he moved to Kansas City, Missouri where he unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1892.
He was forced to resign after an 1898 visit to South Africa when he sympathized with the Boers. Unable to get a plank supporting them in the Republican Party platform, he switched to being a Democrat. He wrote a book about the Boer War entitled John Bull's Crime: Or, Assaults on Republics which was published in 1901 
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