Joseph J. Davis

Joseph Jonathan Davis ( * April 13, 1828 in Louisburg, Franklin County, North Carolina; † August 7, 1892 ) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1875 and 1881 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joseph Davis visited the Louisburg Academy, Wake Forest College and then the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg ( Virginia). After a subsequent law studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his 1850 was admitted to the bar he began to work in Oxford in this profession. Later he moved his office to his home town of Louisburg. During the Civil War, Davis was captain in the army of the Confederacy.

Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. In the years 1868-1870 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. In the congressional elections of 1874 Davis was in the fourth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the Republican William Alexander Smith on March 4, 1875. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1881 three legislative periods.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Davis practiced as a lawyer again. Since 1887 he was a judge on the North Carolina Supreme Court He died on 7 August 1892 in Louisburg. Joseph Davis was married to Catherine E. Davis (1830-1881), with whom he had two children.