Inventory

John G. Davis Papers
Dates:  1839-1857
Accession Number:  Sm. D.C. 35
Donor:  Vigo County Historical Society (donated to them by Grace E. Davis)
Description:  Five file folders in a document case

Biography

John Givan Davis was born October 10, 1810 in Kentucky.  In 1819, he moved with his parents to Parke County, Indiana where he eventually became sheriff and clerk of the county court.  Davis was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congress, (1851-1855) and again to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth (1857-1861).  Not long after his last term in Congress, he moved to Terre Haute to open a dry-goods store.  He died January 18, 1866 and was interred in Highland Lawn Cemetery.


Content and Scope of Collection

Most of the letters in this collection were written to John G. Davis by relatively prominent Hoosiers such as Governor William Hendricks, Governor Joseph A. Wright, Governor Samuel Bigger, and Speaker of the House John W. Davis, among others.  Many of the letters are patronage letters or requests for various types of government documents, such as a request for appointment to West Point or documents concerning agriculture, railroads, or Matthew C. Perry's Japanese expedition.  Other topics include political discussions about candidates for various offices or the passing of a particular bill.   

Several letters have notes written in pencil on the pages.  The Vigo County Historical Society credited them to John G. Davis. 

Small Document Case 35

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Article written about John G. Davis and the
  collection by Waldo F. Mitchell

Apr. 26, 1957

 

 

 

Folder 2

William Hendricks to John G. Davis

May 22, 1839

 

 

 

 

Joseph A. Wright to John G. Davis

Jan. 14, 1840

 

 

 

 

Joseph A. Wright to John G. Davis

Jan. 31, 1840

 

 

 

 

Joseph A. Wright to John G. Davis (also handwritten copy)

Feb. 3, 1840

 

 

 

 

James H. Stewart to John G. Davis

Apr. 22, 1840

 

 

 

Folder 3

E. W. McGaughry to John G. Davis

Dec. 21, 1840

 

 

 

 

E. M. Huntington to John G. Davis

May 20, 1841

 

 

 

 

Samuel Bigger to Tilghman A Howard

Sep. 19, 1842

 

 

 

 

Receipt for Assault and Battery Charge

Nov. 22, 1843

 

 

 

 

Joseph A. Wright to John G. Davis (also partial
  handwritten copy)

July 20, 1845

 

 

 

 

W. R. Nofsinger to John G. Davis

Dec. 12, 1846

 

 

 

 

W. R. Nofsinger to John G. Davis

Jan. 15, 1847

 

 

 

 

James McDowell to Joseph Lane by order of
  General John Wool.  Copy of an order sent to Lane.

May 23, 1847

 

 

 

Folder 4

James W. Lynn to John G. Davis

Feb. 26, 1849

 

 

 

 

James Whitcomb to John G. Davis

Mar. 7, 1849

 

 

 

 

Joseph A. Wright to John G. Davis

Dec. 3, 1849

 

 

 

 

Anonymous to Mr. Editor

Jan. 13, 1850

 

 

 

 

J. G. Warren to John G. Davis

Mar. 1, 1850

 

 

 

 

Stephen G. Dodge to John G. Davis

June 26, 1851

 

 

 

 

Stephen G. Dodge to John G. Davis and  Christian C. Nave

July 30, 1851

 

 

 

 

W. G. Coffin to John G. Davis (also handwritten copy)

Sep. 24, 1851

 

 

 

 

Stephen G. Dodge to John G. Davis

  William Moore to John G. Davis

Nov. 6, 1851

 

 

 

 

O. P. Davis to John G. Davis

Jan. 5, 1852

 

 

 

Folder 5

James M. Lucas to John G. Davis

Aug. 2, 1852

 

 

 

 

Receipt from John G. Davis to J. J. Cunningham

Aug. 30, 1852

 

 

 

 

John W. Davis to John G. Davis

Dec. 5, 1852

 

 

 

 

John W. Davis to John G. Davis

Dec. 19, 1852

 

 

 

 

John Wasson to John G. Davis

Dec. 20, 1852

 

 

 

 

John W. Davis to John G. Davis

Dec. 22, 1852

 

 

 

 

W. R. Nofsinger to John G. Davis

Dec. 23, 1852

 

 

 

 

Ezra Read, Stephen G. Dodge, J. B. Oty, C. J. Patterson, Sheriden, William E. McLean to
  John G. Davis

Dec. 27, 1852

 

 

 

 

Samuel R. Hamill to John G. Davis

Dec. 28, 1852

 

 

 

 

John W. Davis to John G. Davis

Jan. 7, 1853

 

 

 

 

Tilghman A. Howard to Wm. P. Bryant

n.d.

 

 

 

 

News Clipping: Thrilling Ride on a Wonderful
  Indiana Horse of 50 Years Ago (original and  photocopy)

1902