Timothy Davis Edit Profile
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Davis attended the public schools.
He was the only Iowa congressman born before 1800. He moved to Kentucky in 1816. After studying law, he was admitted to the bar and began to practice.
He moved to Missouri and engaged in the practice of law, and later, in 1837, moved to what is now Dubuque, Iowa (then in Wisconsin Territory), and continued the practice of law. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress. Davis and Curtis were the first Iowans elected to Congress as Republicans.
At his party's 1858 district convention, he was not a candidate for renomination. After completing his term, he resumed the practice of law and also engaged in business activities in Dubuque. He was also interested in merchant milling at Elkader, Iowa, Galesville, Wisconsin, and Pickwick, Minnesota.
He died in Elkader, on April 27, 1872. He was interred in Elkader Cemetery.
In 1856, the Republican Party's first year as a major political party, Davis became the party's nominee to represent Iowa's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House.
As a member of the Thirty-fifth Congress, Davis served from March 4, 1857 to March 3, 1859.