Library of Congress
DAVIS, John (1787-1854)
Senate Years of Service: 1835-1841; 1845-1853

DAVIS, JOHN, (father of Horace Davis, great-great grandfather of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.), a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Northboro, Mass., January 13, 1787; attended Leicester Academy, and graduated from Yale College in 1812; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Worcester, Mass., in 1815; elected to the Nineteenth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1825, to January 14, 1834, when he resigned, having been elected Governor; Governor of Massachusetts, 1834-1835; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian (later Whig) to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1835, to January 5, 1841, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Commerce (Twenty-fourth Congress); Governor of Massachusetts 1841-1843; again elected in 1845 to the United States Senate, as a Whig, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Isaac C. Bates; reelected in 1847 and served from March 24, 1845, to March 3, 1853; declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852, and retired from public life; died in Worcester, Mass., on April 19, 1854; interment in the Rural Cemetery.

American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA
Papers: 1812-1902. 3 boxes, 1 volume. Chiefly correspondence, speeches, and documents of his political career (1824-1953), including a journal he kept on a visit to Washington in 1830 on behalf of the military claims of Massachusetts. Topics include the Anti-Masonic movement, Jackson's war on the U.S. Bank, the tariff, the struggle between South Carolina and the federal government in 1832, the Whig party, life in the capital, and the rise of the slavery question to a dominant political issue. Also portraits. Finding aid.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 8 items.

Harvard University
Houghton Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence in John Prescott Bigelow papers, 1805-1896 (bulk 1814-1863). Details on access available at repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1830-1848. 15 letters. Also photographs.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 60 letters (ca. 1827-1852) in various collections; engravings; photograph; and a bust.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1835, 1836, 1847, 1852. 5 letters. Personal and official correspondence. Portrait (ca. 1837). Finding aid.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 8 letters by and 4 to Davis (1840-1852) in various collections. Finding aid.
Research Libraries Information Network: In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Brigham Young University, Special Collections, Provo, UT; and Virginia State Library and Archives, Richmond, VA.