DAVIS, Jacob Cunningham, (1820 - 1883)


DAVIS, Jacob Cunningham, a Representative from Illinois; born near Staunton, Augusta County, Va., September 16, 1820; attended the common schools and William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.; moved to Warsaw, Hancock County, Ill., in 1838; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Warsaw; clerk of Hancock County; appointed circuit clerk in 1841; served in the State senate 1842-1848, and again from 1850 until his resignation in 1856, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William A. Richardson and served from November 4, 1856, to March 3, 1857; was not a candidate to the Thirty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Clark County, Mo.; died in Alexandria, Clark County, Mo., December 25, 1883; interment in Mitchell Cemetery, near Alexandria, Mo.