John Davis (Pennsylvania politician)

John Davis (August 7, 1788 – April 1, 1878) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

John Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
Preceded byMathias Morris
Succeeded byRobert Ramsey
Personal details
Born(1788-08-07)August 7, 1788
Solebury Township, Pennsylvania, USA
DiedApril 1, 1878(1878-04-01) (aged 89)
Davisville, Pennsylvania, USA
Resting placeDavisville Baptist Church Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
RankMajor General of Militia
Battles/warsWar of 1812

Early lifeEdit

John Davis was born in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania.[1] He moved to Maryland and settled on a farm at Rock Creek Meeting House in 1795. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1812 and settled in what is now Davisville, Pennsylvania to engage in agricultural and mercantile pursuits.



He served as a served as captain in the War of 1812. He rose to the rank of major general of militia.


Davis was elected as a Democrat to the 26th Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1840 to the 27th Congress.

Davis was appointed surveyor of the port of Philadelphia by President James K. Polk and served from 1845 to 1849.

Later life and deathEdit

Davis resumed his former business activities and died in Davisville in 1878, interred in Davisville Baptist Church Cemetery in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ "Davis, J". Political Graveyard. Retrieved September 17, 2008.

External linksEdit

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by