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Jacob Erastus DAVIS

(1905-2003)

DAVIS, Jacob Erastus, a Representative from Ohio; born in Beaver Village, Pike County, Ohio, October 31, 1905; graduated from Beaver High School, Beaver Village, Ohio, 1923; A.B., Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1927; J.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1930; lawyer, private practice; prosecuting attorney of Pike County, Ohio, 1931-1935; member of the Ohio state house of representatives, 1935-1937, serving as speaker pro tempore and majority floor leader in 1937; common pleas judge of Pike County, Ohio, 1937-1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Seventy-eighth Congress in 1942; special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, 1943-1944; vice president, Kroger Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1945-1960, president and CEO, 1961-1970; died on February 28, 2003, in Naples, Fla.; interment in Spring Grove Mausoleum, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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