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John W. Davis Papers, Series II: Political Campaigns

John W. Davis Papers, Series II: Political Campaigns

Descriptive Summary

Title: John W. Davis Papers, Series II: Political Campaigns
Creator: Davis, John W., 1916-1992
Inclusive Dates: 1954-1974
Language(s): English
Extent: 11 box(es) (4 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL132JWD_II
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The John Davis Papers, Series II: Political Campaigns contains clippings, campaign files, and memorabilia documenting Davis' campaigns from 1954 to 1974.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

John W. Davis, Jr. was born in Rome, Georgia on September 12, 1916 to John Camp Davis and Era DeLay. He graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens with an A.B. in 1937 and an LL.B. in 1939. He was admitted to the bar in 1939 and commenced practicing law in Rome, Georgia. Davis served in the War Department Headquarters from July 1942 to December 1945, and was assigned to the Counter Intelligence Corps, serving for a time in South America. He moved to Summerville, Georgia in 1946 and resumed practicing law. From December 27, 1950 to January 1, 1953, he served as solicitor general of the Rome Circuit. Davis was elected judge of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit for six years, and served from January 1, 1955 , until his resignation December 31, 1960. The following year, Davis was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-seventh and to the six succeeding Congresses (1961-1975). Davis served on the House Administration Committee (1965-1970), the House Foreign Affairs Committee (1971-1974), and the Science and Astronautics Committee (1961-1974), chairing the Subcommittee of Science, Research, and Development. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress. He married Vivian Hawkins of Walker County, Georgia on February 6, 1944, and they had three children, Katherine, John W. Jr., and Mary Ellen. Vivian died in 1969, and, later in life, Davis married Bridget Christmo. Davis practiced law in St. Simons Island until his death on October 3, 1992.

Scope and Content

The John Davis Papers, Series II: Political Campaigns contains clippings, campaign files, and memorabilia documenting Davis' campaigns from 1954 to 1974.

Organization and Arrangement

This series is organized into six subseries by campaign.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John W. Davis Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Notes

Photographs and artifacts have been removed from the papers for preservation. Some newspaper clippings were photocopies and newspaper print removed from the collection. The Graphic dated January 3, 1891 was removed from the collection due to condition.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2008.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Legislators -- United States.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
Political campaigns -- Georgia.
Political campaigns.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


II. Political Campaigns, 1960-1974

11 box(es)
(4 linear feet)
This series contains correspondence and material documenting Davis' campaigns.

A. 1960 campaign

12Advertising - Bumper Stickers
13Ads [correspondence regarding advertisements]
14George T. Bagby and Milton Grubbs campaign memorabilia
1 6-7 Barbecue - Thank You Letters
18Campaign Letters -Lists
21Campaign Contributions
22Contributions - Chattooga County Democratic Party
23Campaign Expenses
25Coosawatte Dam
2 6-8 Correspondence
31Davis for Congress
32Democratic Primary
33Democratic Primary - Miscellaneous
34Democratic Primary - Wires & Letters of congratulations and support
35Local Democratic Races by Counties
36John Doe - campaign Letters
37Federal Aid to education
38Floyd County - Contributions
39Floyd County - Finance Committee
310General (These have been answered) correspondence
311General Election correspondence
43Invitations During General Election
45Medical Profession
46Miscellaneous campaign clippings
47New Era [clipping]
48Newsletter List
410Opponent's Releases & Ads
411Office Supplies
51Pictures [photographs removed to Series XVII]
52Printing & Posters
53John Pickett [clippings]
54Personal Bills Paid
55Personal Expense - Save
56Returns by Precinct
57Scrapbook [clippings]
58Walker Co. - Thank You
59Whitfield Co. - Contributions

B. 1962 Campaign

61-3 Campaign [correspondence and contributions]
64Campaign Receipts - Expenditures
657th Congressional Democratic Convention
66Election Results - 7th Congressional district
67Ralph Ivey [campaign clippings and memorabilia]
68Democratic Primary
69Democratic Congressional Primary

C. 1964 Campaign

71-5Newspaper Ads

D. 1974 Campaign

81Federal Funding for 7th District
82Position Papers
83Resume #1
84Resume #2
85Resume #3
86Voting Records - 7th district congressional primary
87Tom Sherwood
88Carol Hensen (folder 1)
91Carol Hensen (folder 2)
92News Articles
93Davis for Congress - Release
101J. Quincy Collins Clippings
103Davis Clippings
104Larry McDonald
105Larry McDonald Ads
106[Anti-Davis bumperstickers]
107-8Clippings and memorabilia

E. 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972 Campaigns

109Clippings, 1966
1010Campaign brochure and financial information, 1968
1011Campaign brochure, 1970
111Clippings, 1970
112-3Clippings, 1972
OS1Campaign posters, Davis for Congress, 1960s

F. 1954, 1956, 1958 Campaigns

114Campaign memorabilia, correspondence, and notes, 1954
115Clipping, 1956
116Clippings, 1958
117Miscellaneous, undated