Isaac Davis (lawyer)

Isaac Davis (June 2, 1799 – April 1, 1883) was a lawyer and politician active in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Isaac Davis
Isaac Davis (June 2, 1799 - April 1, 1883).jpg
6th, 8th, and 11th
Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts
In office
January 7, 1856 – January 5, 1857
Preceded byGeorge W. Richardson
Succeeded byGeorge W. Richardson
In office
January 4, 1858 – January 3, 1859
Preceded byGeorge W. Richardson
Succeeded byAlexander H. Bullock
In office
January 7, 1861 – January 6, 1862
Preceded byWilliam W. Rice
Succeeded byP. Emory Aldrich
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
BornJune 2, 1799
DiedApril 1, 1883 (aged 83)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Alma materBrown University


Davis was born in Northborough, Massachusetts, graduated from Brown University in 1822, studied law until admitted to the bar in 1825, and began the practice in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he soon rose to eminence. He was, from 1843 to 1854, a member of the Massachusetts Senate, and three times mayor of Worcester from 1856 to 1859, in 1858, and 1861. Davis also served on the boards of various banks and railroad companies.[1]

Davis was a promoter of popular education. From 1838 to 1851 Davis was on the board of trustees of Brown University, and became a Fellow in 1851; Davis also was a trustee of Columbian College (now George Washington University), Norwich University, and Waterville College (now Colby College). Davis served as first President of the Worcester Academy Board of Trustees, from 1834 to 1873, and for some time was an active member of the Massachusetts Board of Education. He was president of the Worcester County Horticultural Society from 1844 to 1848.[2] He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1841,[3] and later served on its board of councilors from 1850 to 1883.[4]

Davis died in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1883.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Wilson & Fiske 1900.
  2. ^ Worcester County Horticultural Society (1847). Transactions of the Worcester County Horticultural Society. Tower Hill Botanic Garden Library. Boston: Worcester County Horticultural Society. pp. 75.
  3. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  4. ^ Dunbar, B. (1987). Members and Officers of the American Antiquarian Society. Worcester: American Antiquarian Society.


Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
1845, 1846
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Erasmus D. Beach
Democratic nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by