William Owen Davis
Full Name: William Owen "Will" Davis
Date of birth: February 26, 1847
Date of death: December 5, 1941
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Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 11, 1887
Gainesville / Cooke
Apr 6, 1882 - Jan 9, 1883
Gainesville / Cooke
Democrat, p. 163.
Burke's Texas Almanac and Immigrants' Handbook for 1885
Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas
18th Legislature, Regular Session - All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office, 1/9/1883, p. 2; resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/10/1883, pp. 5-6; drew term of 4 years.
. January 10, 1883
January 9, 1883
2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1882 due to redistricting. Act passed May 3, 1882, 17th Legislature, C.S., ch. 13,
Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950
No record of party affiliation. Assumed democrat due to affiliation in other sessions, service in the Confederate Army, convention attendance, or information included in biographical sketches.
Legislative Reference Library
William O. Davis, sworn 4/6/1882, succeeded J.M. Martin, died 3/9/1882.
Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004
Biographical Notes and Resources top
- William Owen Davis (1847-1941), burial in Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Cooke County. Includes biographical sketch on historical marker,
Find a Grave.
- Biographical sketch, W.O. Davis, p. 77. Born 2/26/1848 in Heard County, Georgia.
Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
- Memorial, January-February 1942, p. 24.
Texas Bar Journal.
- Biographical sketch, William Owen Davis, p. 242. Born February 26, 1848. Term expires November, 1886.
Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
Military Service Notes
- Confederate States Army, Company K, 5th Infantry. Memorial, January-February 1942, p. 24.
Texas Bar Journal.
- "Though the freshman senators of the Seventeenth Legislature generally were Democrats . . . No fewer than eleven had fought for the Confederacy," [among them Browne, McLane, McDonald, and Davis,] p. 280.
The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
- Mentioned in biographical sketch of Hon. Alvin C. Owsley, pp. 651-652. "He [Owsley] at once entered into the practice and was thrown into competition with the ablest lawyers of the State, among them . . . Hon. T.J. Brown . . . Hon. W.O. Davis."
Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
- Family group sheet.
The Davis Family.
- William Owen Davis, birth date 2/25/1847 in Georgia, death date 12/5/1941 in Gainesville, lawyer.
FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
- Account of altercation on the floor of the Senate between Senators Davis and Houston, "Statesman Enraged: a Stormy Scene in the Senate Chamber," 5/15/1885, p. 1.
Galveston Daily News.
W.O. Davis, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
W.O. Davis, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
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