John William Davis (September 12, 1916 - October 3, 1992) was an American politician and lawyer.
Early life and education
Davis was born near Rome
, attended the University of Georgia
(UGA) in Athens
and graduated in 1937 with an A.B.
and from the UGA School of Law
with a Bachelor of Laws
) in 1939. He was admitted to the state bar in 1939 and began practice in Rome.
Beginning in July 1942, Davis served in the United States War Department Headquarters
until December 1945. He then served in South America
on behalf of the Counter Intelligence Corps
. In 1946, Davis moved to Summerville, Georgia
, and resumed practicing law.
On December 27
, Davis became solicitor general
of the Rome Circuit and remained in that position until January 1
. Two years later, he was elected judge of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, serving from January 1
, until his resignation on December 31
Time in Congress
In 1960, Davis won election to the 87th Congress
as a Democrat
representing Georgia's 7th congressional district
. He won re-election to six additional terms in that body until losing his re-election campaign in 1974. He served as a U.S. Representative from January 3
to January 3
Later career and death
Davis returned to practicing law and lived in St. Simons Island, Georgia
, at the time of his death on October 3