Monday, January 2, 2012

Another Davis

George Davis; no relation to Jefferson Davis, was appointed Confederate Attorney General January 2nd 1864.

George Davis was born March 1st 1820 at Porter’s Neck, near Wilmington, North Carolina.  He was the valedictorian of the class of 1838 of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Davis became a lawyer in 1840, and in 1848 the general counsel of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.

As the country moved toward Civil War, Davis served as a delegate at the Washington Peace Conference from North Carolina in 1861.  He then served on the Provisional Confederate Congress and the Confederate Senate from 1861 through 1864.  Confederate President Jefferson C Davis appointed Davis Attorney General January 2nd 1864 a position he held until the last days of the Confederacy on April 24th 1865.

Davis was captured by a Union force October 18th 1865 in Key West, Florida and served several months at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York before being pardoned on January 1st 1866.  He returned to his law practice in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Davis was offered, but turned down a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court.  He died February 23rd 1896.

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