David Davis (Supreme Court justice), Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


David Davis (Supreme Court justice)

American lawyer, judge, Supreme Court justice, and politician

Date of Birth: 09-Mar-1815

Place of Birth: Cecil County, Maryland, United States

Date of Death: 26-Jun-1886

Profession: judge, lawyer, politician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About David Davis (Supreme Court justice)

  • David Davis (March 9, 1815 – June 26, 1886) was a United States Senator from Illinois and associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  • He also served as Abraham Lincoln's campaign manager at the 1860 Republican National Convention, engineering Lincoln's nomination alongside Ward Hill Lamon and Leonard Swett. Educated at Kenyon College and Yale University, Davis settled in Bloomington, Illinois in the 1830s, where he practiced law.
  • He served in the Illinois legislature and as a delegate to the state constitutional convention before becoming a state judge in 1848.
  • After Lincoln won the presidency, he appointed Davis to the United States Supreme Court, where he served until 1877.
  • He wrote the majority opinion in Ex parte Milligan, limiting the government's power to try citizens in military courts.
  • He pursued the Liberal Republican Party's nomination in the 1872 presidential election, but was defeated at the convention by Horace Greeley. Davis was a pivotal figure in Congress's establishment of the Electoral Commission, which was charged with resolving the disputed 1876 presidential election.
  • Davis was widely expected to serve as the key member of the Commission, but he resigned from the Supreme Court to accept election to the Senate and thus did not serve on the commission.
  • Known for his independence, he served as President pro tempore of the United States Senate from 1881 to 1883, placing him first in the line of presidential succession due to a vacancy in the office of the Vice President of the United States.
  • He did not seek re-election in 1882 and retired from public life in 1883.

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