William Z. Davis
|William Zephania Davis|
|Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court|
January 9, 1900–December 31, 1912
|Preceded by||Joseph Perry Bradbury|
|Succeeded by||R. M. Wanamaker|
June 10, 1839|
Loydsville, Belmont County, Ohio
|Died||December 17, 1923
|Resting place||Marion Cemetery, Marion, Ohio|
|Religion||Methodist Episcopal Church|
Davis was born in Loydsville, Belmont County, Ohio to Dr. Bushrod Washington Davis and Harriet (née Hatcher) Davis. He was educated in the public schools and a private academy. He was a long term member of the American Microscopical Society. During the American Civil War, Davis served a three month enlistment in the 4th Ohio Infantry, and afterward in the 96th Ohio Infantry, until disabled and honorably discharged in the Vicksburg Campaign.
Davis was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice after recovering from war injuries. He worked in the State and Federal courts. Davis was nominated by the Republican Party for Supreme Court Justice in June, 1899, and elected in November of that year. Joseph Perry Bradbury resigned from the Court January 9, 1900, and Davis was appointed the next day to fill the seat by Governor Nash. He entered his elected term February 9, 1900, and served until the end of 1912.
Davis was married to Harriet Search of Marion on August 3, 1868. They raised two daughters, and another died in childhood. Harriet died August 2, 1901, and Davis married Jessie Myer of Columbus September 2, 1903. They had no children.
- Gilkey, Elliott Howard, ed. (1901). The Ohio Hundred Year Book: a Handbook of the Public Men and Public Institutions of Ohio ... State of Ohio.