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W.O. Davis William Owen Davis
Full Name: William Owen "Will" Davis
Date of birth: February 26, 1847
Date of death: December 5, 1941

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 18 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 11, 1887 18th (2) (3)   19th (1)   Democrat Gainesville / Cooke   Cooke, Grayson
S 11 Apr 6, 1882 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Gainesville / Cooke   Cooke, Grayson

(1) Democrat, p. 163. Burke's Texas Almanac and Immigrants' Handbook for 1885, 1885.
(2) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(3) 18th Legislature, Regular Session - All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office, 1/9/1883, p. 2; resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/10/1883, pp. 5-6; drew term of 4 years. Senate Journal. January 10, 1883 January 9, 1883
(4) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1882 due to redistricting. Act passed May 3, 1882, 17th Legislature, C.S., ch. 13, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(5) No record of party affiliation. Assumed democrat due to affiliation in other sessions, service in the Confederate Army, convention attendance, or information included in biographical sketches. Legislative Reference Library.
(6) William O. Davis, sworn 4/6/1882, succeeded J.M. Martin, died 3/9/1882. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • William Owen Davis, birth date 2/26/1847, death date 12/5/1941, biographical sketch on historical marker, burial in Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Cooke County. Find a Grave.
  • Biographical sketch, W.O. Davis, p. 77. Born 2/26/1848 in Heard County, Georgia. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Memorial, January-February 1942, p. 24. Texas Bar Journal.
  • Biographical sketch, William Owen Davis, p. 242. Born February 26, 1848. Term expires November, 1886. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army, Company K, 5th Infantry. Memorial, January-February 1942, p. 24. Texas Bar Journal.
  • "Though the freshman senators of the Seventeenth Legislature generally were Democrats . . . No fewer than eleven had fought for the Confederacy," [among them Browne, McLane, McDonald, and Davis,] p. 280. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned in biographical sketch of Hon. Alvin C. Owsley, pp. 651-652. "He [Owsley] at once entered into the practice and was thrown into competition with the ablest lawyers of the State, among them . . . Hon. T.J. Brown . . . Hon. W.O. Davis." Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, 1889.
  • Family group sheet, The Davis Family.
  • Account of altercation on the floor of the Senate between Senators Davis and Houston, "Statesman Enraged: a Stormy Scene in the Senate Chamber," 5/15/1885, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
  • William Owen Davis genealogy, born 2/26/1847. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. W.O. Davis, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.O. Davis, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 18th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, east wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 19th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, east wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of Senate members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    19th R.S. - 1885
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Judiciary No. 2 (Chair) 
    Public Lands  
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Comptroller's Books and Records on Common School Bonds  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Contingent Expenses  
    County and County Boundaries  
    Education (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Printing  
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Educational Affairs  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Judiciary No. 2  
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Printing  
    Senatorial and Representative Districts  

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