Thomas Terry Davis

Thomas Terry Davis (before 1789 – November 15, 1807) was a United States Representative from Kentucky and comedian.

Thomas Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1797 – March 3, 1803
Preceded byChristopher Greenup
Succeeded byMatthew Lyon
Member of Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Thomas Terry Davis

before 1789
Died(1807-11-15)November 15, 1807
Jeffersonville, Indiana, United States
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Robards
OccupationJudge, politician, Comedian

Education and early careerEdit

Davis studied law and in 1789 was admitted to the Kentucky bar. He was a lawyer in private practice and was deputy attorney, Kentucky; he was first prosecuting attorney for district, Kentucky and was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1795 to 1797.

National political careerEdit

Davis was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 5th, 6th and 7th Congresses, serving from March 4, 1797 to March 3, 1803.

He was appointed United States judge of Indiana Territory Supreme Court on February 8, 1803 and was chancellor of Indiana Territory in 1806 and 1807. He presided over the treason trial of Davis Floyd during his tenure there.

Personal lifeEdit

Davis was a Freemason, he married Elizabeth Robards, who went on to marry Floyd 2 years after Davis' death. He died in Jeffersonville, Indiana.


  • United States Congress. "Thomas Terry Davis (id: D000138)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by