Person:Garrett Davis (2)

Garrett Davis, Esq., Senator from Kentucky
m. bef. 1794
  1. Garrett Davis, Esq., Senator from Kentucky1801 - 1872
  • HGarrett Davis, Esq., Senator from Kentucky1801 - 1872
  • WRebecca Trimble
m. 21 Sep 1826
  1. Robert Davis
  2. Rebecca Davis
  • HGarrett Davis, Esq., Senator from Kentucky1801 - 1872
  • WUnknown (27307)
Facts and Events
Name Garrett Davis, Esq., Senator from Kentucky
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 10 Sep 1801 Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States
Marriage 21 Sep 1826 Paris, Bourbon, Kentucky, United Statesto Rebecca Trimble
Marriage Kentucky[2nd wife - she is the widow Elliot]
to Unknown (27307)
Death[1][2] 22 Sep 1872 Paris, Bourbon, Kentucky, United States
Reference Number? Q1494443?

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Garrett Davis (September 10, 1801 – September 22, 1872) was a U.S. Senator and Representative from Kentucky.

Born in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, Garrett Davis was the brother of Amos Davis. After completing preparatory studies, Davis was employed in the office of the county clerk of Montgomery County, Kentucky, and afterward of Bourbon County, Kentucky. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1823, whereafter he commenced practice in Paris, Kentucky.

Davis served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1833 to 1835. Afterward, he was elected as a Whig to the United States House of Representatives, serving from March 4, 1839, to March 3, 1847. There he was chairman of the Committee on Territories.

Davis declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1846, but instead resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He refused to reenter politics the next fifteen years. Davis declined the nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 1848, and declined the American Party nomination for Governor in 1855 and for the presidency in 1856.

Davis was opposed to secession, however, and supported the Constitutional Union Party ticket in 1860. This convinced him to reenter politics, and he was elected by a Unionist Party position in 1861 to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of John C. Breckinridge. He was reelected as a Democrat in 1867 and served from December 10, 1861, until his death in Paris, Kentucky, in 1872. He served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims. He was interred in Paris Cemetery.

Garrett Davis is the namesake of Davis County, Iowa.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Garrett Davis, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biography, in Perrin, William Henry, ed. History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky. (Chicago, IL, USA: O. L. Baskin, 1882), 458.

    GARRETT DAVIS. Among the list of the illustrious dead of Kentucky, no name
    has passed into history, bearing with it greater honors as a statesman, a
    patriot, and an honest and faithful servant of the cause of liberty, the
    Union and his State, than the lamented Garrett Davis. Living, as he did,
    from the early morn until the eventide of the nineteenth century, at a time
    when the nation most needed men of stalwart principle and sterling
    integrity Garrett Davis filled the busy years of his faithful life full of
    noble deeds and heroic, unfaltering labor for the nation's good, and that
    of his native State, and fearlessly battled for what, in his unprejudiced
    mind, seemed right. The following brief statement of facts concerning his
    useful and eventful life, are gleaned from a published volume of Memorial
    Addresses on his Life and Character, delivered in the Senate and House of
    Representatives of the Forty-second Congress of the United States, Dec.
    18, 1872, upon which occasion eulogies were delivered by Senators
    Stevenson of Kentucky, Cameron of Pennsylvania, Thurman of Ohio, Sumner of
    Massachusetts, Bayard of Delaware, Trumbull of Illinois, and many other
    noted statesmen. Garrett Davis was a native of Kentucky; he was born at
    Mount Sterling, Sept. 10, 1801. His father and mother emigrated from
    Montgomery Co., Maryland, to the county of the same name in Kentucky. His
    mother was a Miss Garrett--a family widely known in Maryland, and it was
    from her family that he derived his baptismal name. His father as a man
    of marked character; to energy and industry he added strong will and great
    personal popularity. He was for many years the Sheriff of his adopted
    county, and several times represented his district in the lower branches of
    the General Assembly of Kentucky. Garrett Davis was one of three brothers.
    The brilliant talents of two of them, also long since departed this life,
    are still remembered in Kentucky. Garrett enjoyed the advantages of what
    is known in Kentucky as a common school education. His early years were,
    however, fraught with a constant study of books, and he thus acquired a
    good English education, and a practical knowledge of the Latin and Greek
    languages; at an early age he determined to study law, and with a view of
    gaining practical knowledge, he sought and obtained employment as a
    deputy in the Circuit Court Clerk's office of Montgomery County. In 1823,
    he removed to Bourbon County, where he occupied a clerical position similar
    to that held in Montgomery County. About the year 1824, he commenced the
    practice of his profession in Paris, and to it he consecrated the earlier
    years of his life with enthusiastic devotion. His first wife was the
    daughter of Robert Trimble, a distinguished Jurist, who became subsequently
    a Judge of the Supreme Court of the United States. His second wife was a
    Mrs. Elliott, widow of a prominent lawyer, also of Paris. Mr. Davis was an
    assiduous law student, and his industry received its reward. His business
    rapidly increased, and he soon rose to a high position at a bar which then
    numbered some of the most eminent lawyers of the Commonwealth. He regarded
    the law as the noblest science of intellectual triumph, and loved the
    administration of justice. All who have encountered him as an opponent in
    trial of an important cause, will bear willing testimony to his high
    qualities as an able and strong lawyer. His last argument but one, in the
    Supreme Court of the United States, in the reported case of Missouri vs.
    Kentucky, is a lasting memorial of his legal learning and professional
    power. Mr. Davis always took an active and prominent part in the political
    contests of Kentucky, from his earliest manhood--always an ardent Whig, and
    frequently the selected standard-bearer of his party. In its most excited
    struggles, his clarion voice rang throughout this Commonwealth in defense
    of the principles of that patriotic and gallant organization. He was the
    trusted and true friend of Henry Clay, and enjoyed to a pre-eminent degree
    his confidence and regard. He represented Bourbon County in the lower
    branch of the General Assembly of Kentucky for many years. Always
    conservative in his views, he took a prominent and successful part in
    shaping the legislation of the State. For eight consecutive years he was
    chosen over able and distinguished competitors by the electors of the
    Ashland district, their Representative to the House of Representatives of
    the United States, and then voluntarily retired. The debates of that body
    during that period attests his power and strength as a ready and skillful
    debater. He was nominated as Lieutenant Governor on the Gubernatorial
    ticket with John J. Crittenden, but at his earnest request was excused by
    the convention. In 1861, amid perils and dangers of a revolutionary
    struggle, he was elected as an old line Union Whig, to succeed John C.
    Breckinridge in the United States Senate. He was the strongest opponent
    of secession, and at the period of his election, an earnest advocate of the
    rigid prosecution of the war to restore the Union. The result of the war,
    so far as it resulted in the overthrow of the rebellion, was an agreeable
    to him as to any other union man. But the changes in the form of
    government, the constitutional amendments, the acts of reconstruction, and
    other governmental acts which, by the dominant party, were deemed
    necessary in order to make the Government conform to the altered condition
    of things, were very repulsive to him, and he opposed them bravely and
    earnestly, though sustained by a hopeless minority. In 1867, he was
    re-elected to the United States Senate, a proud tribute to his fidelity
    and zeal in upholding the honor and guarding the interest of his State. For
    twelve years he occupied his seat in the Senate. Constitutional questions,
    novel and startling in their character, were during his time discussed and
    adopted, and Garrett Davis was never silent when duty prompted him to
    speak, and he was never known to quail before the power of an overwhelming
    political majority, and amid the bitterest party contests of the past, his
    honesty was never impeached or his spotless purity of character ever
    questioned. With him as a Representative, the conscientious discharge of
    his duty was paramount to every other consideration. His actions were
    prompted by conviction, and his convictions were the creations of a
    well-ordered mind, greatly strengthened by a pure and manly spirit, and
    throughout life he maintained the same elevated standard. In the death of
    this truly great and good man, Kentucky lost one of its most illustrious
    sons, his country, one of its purest and ablest statesmen. Such a man was
    Garrett Davis, and what higher praise could human statesmanship deserve?
    He died at his home in Paris, upon the 22d of September, 1872, and all
    that was mortal of the beloved Kentucky statesman rests beneath the blue
    grass sod of Bourbon County, in the Paris cemetery.