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Reuben Davis Edit Profile
Reuben Davis attended the public schools. Later, he studied medicine, but practiced only a few years, when he abandoned the profession. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1834, and commenced practice in Aberdeen, Mississippi.
The family moved to northern Alabama five years later, where the younger Davis studied medicine and read for the law. In 1831, he married Mary Halbert. After her death he married a niece of Joseph G. Baldwin.
In 1832, he practiced law and served as district attorney for the Sixth Judicial District in Athens, Monroe County, Mississippi. Davis moved to Aberdeen to practice law, and he received the Whig nomination for Congress in 1838. He held conservative views on bank legislation and supported the Whigs in 1840 but joined the Democratic party after the 1840 election.
In 1842, he was named associate justice of the state Supreme Court. During the Mexican War, Davis was colonel of the 2nd Mississippi Regiment and almost died from diarrhea in 1847. The following year he ran for Congress as an independent but withdrew from the race.
He opposed Calhoun’s Address to the Southern People. After he had fallen one vote short of being elected to Congress as a Union Democrat candidate in 1851, he became an attorney for the New Orleans, Jackson, and Great Northern Railroad. In 1855, he was elected to the state legislature, where he opposed the Know-Nothings and decried the secession movement as a step toward bloody revolution.
He was finally elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi in 1857 and reelected in 1859. In Congress, he became an ultra fire-eater who aligned himself with John J. Pettus and William Barksdale, but in 1860-1861 he joined the Congressional Committee of Thirty-three, which sought to avert war. The election of Lincoln confirmed his views on the necessity for secession, and he urged Mississippi to action.
Davis resigned from Congress early in 1861. He held the ranks of brigadier and major general of Mississippi state troops and served in the Kentucky invasion of 1861. He was also elected to the Confederate House, where he continuously criticized war policy and fell out of favor with the Davis administration.
He urged an offensive war, opposed the suspension of habeas corpus, and usually opposed administration legislation. He served on the Military Affairs Committee, was often absent from sessions, and finally resigned from Congress in 1864 to run for governor. But his unpopularity with the troops and his connections with the unpopular Governor Pettus hurt his chances for election.
After his defeat for governor, he provided no further service to the Confederacy. After the war, he practiced law in Huntsville and soon became one of the leading criminal lawyers in the state. In 1878, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives on the Greenback party ticket.
He published his Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians in 1880.
Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians. With a portrait.
(Mark Twain once famously said "there was but one solitary...)
Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians,
( This work has been selected by scholars as being cultur...)
Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians - Primary Source Edition
(This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. T...)
Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians 1889
(Originally published in 1889. This volume from the Cornel...)
- Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians. With a portrait.
"Peculiar institution" of slavery was not only expedient but also ordained by God and upheld in Holy Scripture.
Stands for preserving slavery, states' rights, and political liberty for whites. Every individual state is sovereign, even to the point of secession.
Member Miss Legislature, 1855-1857. Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from Mississippi, 35th-36th congresses, 1857-1861. Member Confederate Congress, 1861-1864.
Married Mary Halbert.