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James Harvey Davis

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James Harvey Davis, American congressman. Mem.1st nat. committee that proposed an income tax, and demanded election of the United States senators by direct vote of the people, and the initiative, referendum and recall. Widely known as temperance speaker; member of advisory committee National Abstainers’ Union; Member Church of Christ. Gained title of “Cyclone” in discussion with General Watt Hardin, of Kentucky, 1892.

Background

Davis, James Harvey was born on December 24, 1853 in near Walholla, South Carolina, United States. Son of W. B. and Salina (Moore) Davis.

Education

Largely self-educated.

Career

Admitted to Texas bar, 1880, and practiced until 1900. Also editor Franklin Company Herald (Mount Vernon, Texas), Greenville (Texas) Herald, Alliance Vindicator (Sulphur Springs, Texas). Judge Franklin Company Court, 1878-1882.

Member 64th Congress (1915-1917), Texas at-large. National organizer Populist Party, 1891-1900. Returned to Democratic party, 1900.

Campaigned in 9 states for Woodrow Wilson, 1912.

Membership

Mem.1st nat. committee that proposed an income tax, and demanded election of the United States senators by direct vote of the people, and the initiative, referendum and recall. Widely known as temperance speaker. Member of advisory committee National Abstainers’ Union.

Member Church of Christ. Gained title of “Cyclone” in discussion with General Watt Hardin, of Kentucky, 1892.

Connections

Married Belle Barton, of Bellevue, Texas, December 25, 1878.

father:
W. B. Davis

mother:
Salina (Moore) Davis

spouse:
Belle Barton