William Morris Davis (congressman)

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William M. Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Preceded by John Wood
Succeeded by Martin Russell Thayer
Personal details
Born (1815-08-16)August 16, 1815
Keene Valley, New York
Died August 5, 1891(1891-08-05) (aged 75)
Keene Valley, New York
Political party Republican

William Morris Davis (16 August 1815 Keene Valley, New York – 5 August 1891 Keene Valley, New York), was an abolitionist, author and a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Among his friends were the New York sculptor Henry Kirke Brown, and the lock inventor Linus Yale.


William Morris Davis was born in Keene Valley, New York. He moved to Pennsylvania and became a sugar refiner in Philadelphia. Davis was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress. He died in Keene Valley in 1891. Interment in Friends Fair Hill Burial Ground in Germantown, Pennsylvania.


  • Nimrod of the Sea or The American Whaleman – AOSTON (Harper & Bros., New York 1874)[1]




  • William Morris Davis (1815–1891) : the story of a nineteenth century American – Arthur M. Johnson (Washington DC, 1951)

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Wood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Martin R. Thayer