|Harper's Weekly, February 2, 1861, (detail), Collection of U.S.
House of Representatives
DAVIS, Reuben, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Winchester, Tenn.,
January 18, 1813; moved with his parents to Alabama about 1818; attended the
public schools; studied medicine, but practiced only a few years, when he
abandoned the profession; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1834 and
commenced practice in Aberdeen, Miss.; prosecuting attorney for the sixth
judicial district 1835-1839; unsuccessful Whig candidate for the Twenty-sixth
Congress in 1838; judge of the high court of appeals in 1842, but after four
months service resigned; served as colonel of the Second Regiment of
Mississippi Volunteers in the war with Mexico; member of the State house of
representatives 1855-1857; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and
Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4, 1857, to January 12, 1861,
when he withdrew; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as
brigadier general; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful Greenback
candidate for the Forty-sixth Congress in 1878; died in Huntsville, Ala.,
October 14, 1890; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Aberdeen, Monroe County,
Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians. Boston and
New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1890. Rev. ed., with a new introd. by
William D. McCain. Pref. and an expanded index by Laura D. S. Harrell.
Hattiesburg: University and College Press of Mississippi, 1972.