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Judge Ronald Norwood Davies
Birth: Dec. 11, 1904
Polk County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1996
Cass County
North Dakota, USA

Judge. Born in Crookston in Polk County in northwestern Minnesota. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1927. In 1930, he attained a law degree from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. He practiced law in Grand Forks for several years, before becoming a judge at the Grand Forks Municipal Court from 1932 to 1940. In 1940, Ronald and a fellow Grand Forks attorney, Charles F. Peterson, formed a private law practice. During World War II, Ronald served as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. After the war, he went back to his private practice. On June 21, 1955, he was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, based in Fargo, vacated by Charles J. Vogel. Ronald was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 22, 1955, and received his commission on July 27, 1955. He is perhaps best known for challenging Orval Faubus, the governor of Arkansas, during the 1957 Little Rock Integration Crisis. On August 22, 1957, Judge Archibald K. Gardner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit temporarily assigned Judge Davies to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock, the state capital of Arkansas, where no judge had been sitting for several months. The U.S. Supreme Court issued its Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision on May 17, 1954. The decision called for the desegregation of all public schools. In 1955, the court declared that the desegregation process must continue with all deliberate speed. The Little Rock School Board unanimously decided to comply with the high court's ruling and agreed to a gradual desegregation plan, which would be implemented in the 1958 school year. Ronald was president of the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce, he was a successful ruler of the Elks, he was president of the Jaycees, he was commander of the local American Legion post, and he was president of the Knights of Columbus at his church. He also led two March of Dimes campaigns. He and his wife Mildred raised five children. Ronald died at the age of 91. 
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  Mildred M. Doran Davies (1907 - 1994)
Holy Cross Cemetery
Cass County
North Dakota, USA
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Record added: Dec 13, 1998
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Happy 110th birthday, Dad. You and Mike Vivoda have the same birthdate; he is 55. Little Haley Marie DeLaRosa was a month old on their birthday. You were all born on the 11th! That is special. I'm certain Mike entertained you on your birthday by playin...(Read more)
- Jody Eidler
 Added: Dec. 12, 2014
Hi Dad and Mom:Don't shoot the messenger. I am innocent. I am NOT A TROUBLE-MAKER, MOM!!
- Jean Schmith
 Added: Aug. 4, 2014
Hi Dad:Just to let you know--my lots are right next to yours so I can be with you for all eternity.Quig
 Added: Aug. 4, 2014
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