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 Levi Washington Davis

Levi Washington Davis

Birth
Monroe, Overton County, Tennessee, USA
Death 7 May 1860 (aged 24)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 38 Lot 2
Memorial ID 61776 · View Source
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The old Western story is that Springville Marshal Jesse Steele had a warrant for Jack Cole, a convicted horse thief who had escaped from a federal prison in California.
Cole had come to Utah and was staying at his father's house, continuing to steal horses and mules.
Knowing he needed help to round up the dangerous convict, Steele asked for a handful of deputies and 24-year-old Davis volunteered.
When the posse got to Cole's father's home, they found Cole still in bed. Cole was allowed to get dressed, but despite promises to surrender his guns, he quickly strapped them on and shot Davis.
The posse shot back and Cole was also mortally wounded. Davis was the first Springville officer killed in the line of duty.
Levi never married and never had any children. He left behind his widowed mother.

Officer Levi W. Davis is also honored at the website for Utah's Fallen Officers.


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Gravesite Details A ceremony was held Friday, December 18, 2009, to honor Davis. Springville police decided to obtain a gravestone for him after his story was brought by light by historian Robert Kirby.

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  • Maintained by: Dennis Davis
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61776
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Levi Washington Davis (17 Jan 1836–7 May 1860), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61776, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Dennis Davis (contributor 47183232) .