Daniel F. Davis

Daniel Franklin Davis (September 12, 1843 – January 9, 1897) was an American politician and the 37th Governor of Maine.

Daniel F. Davis
Daniel F. Davis (Maine Governor).jpg
37th Governor of Maine
In office
January 17, 1880 – January 13, 1881
Preceded byAlonzo Garcelon
Succeeded byHarris M. Plaisted
Member of the Maine Senate
In office
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornSeptember 12, 1843
Freedom, Maine, USA
DiedJanuary 9, 1897(1897-01-09) (aged 53)
Bangor, Maine
Resting placeCorinthian Cemetery, Corinth, Maine
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Laura B. Goodwin (m. 1867)
EducationWesleyan Seminary, Kents Hill, Maine

Early lifeEdit

Davis was born in Freedom, Maine on September 12, 1843.[1] He entered the East Corinth Academy in 1863 but after a few weeks he enlisted in the Union Army to fight in the Civil War.[1]

Davis served in the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry Regiment and the 1st Maine Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, and attained the rank of corporal in the 1st Maine Cavalry's Company F.[2]

He then studied at the Corinna Academy, and at the Wesleyan Seminary in Kents Hill, Maine.[1] He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1869, and established his law career in East Corinth.[1]


Davis became a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1871.[1] He held that position for four years.[1] He then became a member of the Maine Senate in 1875.[1] He held that position until 1879.[1] In 1879, he was nominated for the governorship by the Maine Republican Party.[1] In the general election no candidate received a majority of the vote, so the election moved to the Legislature, which selected Davis.[1] He served from January 17, 1880 to January 13, 1881.[1] During his administration, the enforcement of the prohibition law was contested. Davis was not successful in his re-election bid.[1]

Later lifeEdit

After leaving office, Davis served as the federal collector of customs for the port of Bangor from 1882 to 1886.[1] He died in Bangor on January 9, 1897 and was buried at Corinthian Cemetery in Corinth.


In 1867, Davis married Laura B. Goodwin of East Corinth; they were the parents of eight children, five of whom lived to adulthood.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n History of Penobscot County, Maine, pp. 823–824.
  2. ^ Eddleman, Carol (2011). "Penobscot County, Maine Biographies: Daniel F. Davis". pa-roots.org/. PA-Roots.



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Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Maine
1879, 1880
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Maine
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