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John Givan DAVIS

(1810-1866)

DAVIS, John Givan, a Representative from Indiana; born near Flemingsburg, Fleming County, Ky., October 10, 1810; moved to Indiana with his parents, who settled in Rockville, Parke County, in 1819; attended the country schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; sheriff of Parke County from 1830 to 1833, when he resigned; clerk of the county court 1833-1850; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress and reelected as an Anti-Lecompton Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress; engaged in mercantile pursuits and meat packing in Montezuma, Parke County, Ind.; moved to Terre Haute, Ind., and engaged in business as a dry-goods merchant; died in Terre Haute, Ind., on January 18, 1866; interment in Highland Lawn Cemetery.

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

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