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James Houston "Jimmie" Davis
Birth: Sep. 11, 1899
Beech Springs
Jackson Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Nov. 5, 2000
Baton Rouge
East Baton Rouge Parish
Louisiana, USA

Musician, Louisiana Governor. He was a singer, guitar player best known as the composer of one of America's best loved songs, ''You Are My Sunshine'' (1940). Before entering politics, he had a commercially successful career in country music with hits to include "Nobody's Darling but Mine", "Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland", "There's A Gold Mine In The Sky", "Is It Too Late Now" and many more. In 1944, he was elected as a Democrat the 47th Governor of Louisiana. He was again elected Governor of Louisiana, serving (1960-64). During his first term in office, he established a State Retirement System and funding of more than $100 million in public improvements while leaving the state with a $38 million surplus. In his second term, the Sunshine Bridge was built, new hospitals were built, roads were improved, raised teachers' salaries and set up the state's first civil service system. He died of natural causes at age of 101. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame. In 1999, "You Are My Sunshine" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award as one of the best songs of the century and "You Are My Sunshine" was ranked number 73 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music in 2003. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Jones Davis (1873 - 1945)
  Jemima Elizabeth Davis (1838 - 1932)
 
 Spouses:
  Jessie Alvern Adams Davis (1906 - 1967)*
  Effie Juanita Carter Davis (1917 - 2004)*
 
 Children:
  James William Davis (1944 - 2012)*
 
 Siblings:
  Samuel Jones Davis (1873 - 1945)**
  James Houston Davis (1899 - 2000)
  Wallace W Davis (1902 - 1999)**
  Elsie A Davis (1906 - 1911)**
  Lela Mae King (1908 - 2001)**
  Cecil Reese Davis (1914 - 1932)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Jimmie Davis Tabernacle Cemetery
Jonesboro
Jackson Parish
Louisiana, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 32.34877, -92.72154
 
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Originally Created by: Joel Manuel
Record added: Apr 25, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6370060
James Houston Jimmie Davis
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