William H. Davidson (lieutenant governor)

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William H. Davidson was an American businessman and politician who was the acting Lieutenant Governor of Illinois from December 9, 1836 to December 7, 1838.[1] Davidson, who had been serving as the senator from White County, Illinois, replaced Alexander M. Jenkins when Jenkins resigned the Lieutenant Governor's office to become president of the Illinois Central Railroad. In 1838, Davidson lost a reelection bid to Stinson H. Anderson.[2]

Davidson later moved from Carmi, Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky where he ran a successful wholesale mercantile business until his death.[3]


  1. ^ "Rosters of Government Officials" (PDF), 2011-2012 Illinois Blue Book, Illinois Secretary of State Communications Department, February 2012 
  2. ^ Illinois. General Assembly. House of Representatives, ed. (1838). Journal of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois. 1. State Printers. p. 19. 
  3. ^ Linder, Usher F. (1879). Reminiscences of the Early Bench and Bar of Illinois. Chicago Legal News Company. pp. 272–73. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Jenkins
Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
Succeeded by
Stinson Anderson