DAVIS, John, (1826 - 1901)


”The United States House of Representatives - Portraits of Congressmen” (detail), Once A Week Newspaper, 1892, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

DAVIS, John, a Representative from Kansas; born near Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill., August 9, 1826; moved with his parents to Macon County in 1830; attended the country schools, Springfield Academy, and Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill.; engaged in agricultural and horticultural pursuits near Decatur, Ill.; moved to Kansas in 1872 and located on a farm near Junction City; secretary of the Central Kansas Horticultural Society for many years; elected president of the first distinctive farmers’ convention held in Kansas in 1873, out of which grew the Farmers’ Cooperative Association, of which he was the first president; president of the Grange convention in 1874; became proprietor and editor of the Junction City Tribune in 1875; unsuccessful candidate of the Greenback Party for election in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress and in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; elected as a Populist to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; devoted his time to literary work until his death in Topeka, Kans., August 1, 1901; interment in Topeka Cemetery.