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 John Wesley Davis

John Wesley Davis

Birth
New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Aug 1859 (aged 60)
Carlisle, Sullivan County, Indiana, USA
Burial Carlisle, Sullivan County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 11962 · View Source
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U.S. Congressman, Oregon Governor. He studied medicine, graduated from the Baltimore Medical College, in 1821, then moved to Carlisle, Indiana, in 1823 and practiced medicine. Entering politics, he was surrogate of Sullivan County, (1829-31) and a member of the Indiana State House of Representatives, (1831-33). In 1835, he was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress, serving until 1837 and reelected to the as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress, serving (1839-41). An unsuccessful candidate for reelection, he served again a member of the Indiana State House of Representatives, (1841-43) and was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses, serving (1843-47). After his term, President Polk appointed him United States Commissioner to China, serving (1848-51). In 1853, President Franklin Pierce appointed him as the 4th Governor of Oregon Territory, serving until 1854. He then resumed the practice of medicine and was a member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy at West Point, in 1858.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 29 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11962
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Wesley Davis (16 Apr 1799–22 Aug 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11962, citing Carlisle Old Town Cemetery, Carlisle, Sullivan County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .