Jeff Davis (Arkansas governor)

Jefferson Davis ( * May 6, 1862 in Richmond, Little River County, Arkansas, † January 3, 1913 in Little Rock, Arkansas ) was an American politician and 1901-1907 Governor of Arkansas. Between 1907 and 1913 he represented his state in the U.S. Senate.


Davis was based on the eponymous president of the Confederate States, Jefferson Davis, named. After primary school in Russellville, he attended the University of Arkansas and graduated from Vanderbilt University and Cumberland University law. After his admission to the bar he practiced in Russellville. Davis was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1888, he served as an elector in the presidential elections. Between 1892 and 1896 he was a prosecutor in the Fifth Judicial District of Arkansas, and from 1898 to 1900, he served as Attorney General of Arkansas. In 1900 he was elected Governor of Arkansas.

Governor of Arkansas

His term began on January 8, 1901. Davis managed according to the appropriate re- election as the first governor of Arkansas, a total of three consecutive terms of office. He remained until January 8, 1907 in office. During his tenure, racial segregation was further intensified and expanded to other areas. The Arkansas History Commission for the first time was an organization for dealing with the history of the country. For the first time the deputies of the Legislative paid. Despite his three election victories in a row, Davis was inside politically very controversial. He provided himself with both his own party and with the House of Representatives some heated debates. It was among other things a planned prison reform or to the interference of the Governor in determining a U.S. Senator. Davis also opposed the plan of the Parliament to give convicts to companies. In 1906 he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

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Davis entered his new office in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 1907. Until his death he remained a member of the U.S. Senate. He was chairman of the committee that dealt with the navigation on the Mississippi and its tributaries. Jefferson Davis was married twice and had twelve children.