DAVID DAVIS (March 9, 1815 – June 26, 1886) was a judge and a legal associate of Abraham Lincoln. As a judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit, Davis traveled throughout the central counties of Illinois during which time Lincoln represented many clients on the circuit. They shared hundreds of courtroom appearances and developed a lifelong relationship. As a staunch member of the Whig Party, Davis provided early support for Lincoln and served as his campaign manager at the 1860 Republican National Convention, engineering Lincoln’s nomination alongside Ward Hill Lamon and Leonard Swett. After the election, Davis helped Lincolns select his cabinet and Lincoln appointed him to the U.S. Supreme Court. After Lincoln’s assassination, Mary Todd and Robert Lincoln appointed Davis administrator of Lincoln’s estate.
Davis pursued the Liberal Republican Party’s nomination in the 1872 election but was defeated by Horace Greeley.
From the Norman Boas Collection, Christie’s Provenance, a 2 pp, 8 x 12, DS, Illinois, 1860 Dec. 4, regarding the court appointment of a guardian of infant Eliza M. Walker, whose father was deceased. Matthews & Adams vs. Moses Walker, heir of C. Walker, deceased. Boldly signed by Davis at the conclusion.
Toning, folds. Several fold splits reinforced with archival tape. A great piece of a close Lincoln associate.
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