(January 25, 1761 – January 14, 1847) was a lawyer, member of both the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, comptroller, and federal judge
Davis first received a private school education at Brookfield Academy like his father, before graduating from Harvard College
in 1781, going on to read law
and being admitted to the bar in 1786, before practicing private law in Plymouth.
In 1788 he was selected as a delegate from Plymouth to the Massachusetts state convention, called to consider adoption of the Federal Constitution
. He was elected and served three times in the Massachusetts House of Representatives
, then in 1795 became state senator of Plymouth County
Later in 1795 he accepted President George Washington
's request to serve as Comptroller of the Treasury
of the United States, a position he resigned from in 1796 over matters of salary. Washington then appointed him United States Attorney
for the district of Massachusetts
, leaving the post in 1801. Subsequently he moved permanently to Boston.
In 1801 he was appointed by President John Adams
as judge of the United States district court for the district of Massachusetts. His probable most noted achievement was his wise handling of the law in regards to commercial mercantile embarrassment of New England
at the time of an embargo
and the War of 1812
which instilled the community's confidence in the law.
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