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Governor Edmund Jackson Davis

October 2, 1827 – February 7, 1883

 
 
Governor Edmund Jackson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 3, 2007
1. Governor Edmund Jackson Davis Marker
Inscription. Born in Florida, E.J. Davis became a lawyer and judge after moving to Texas. During the Civil War (1861-65), he commanded a regiment of Texas Unionists and rose to the rank of Brigadier General.

During the Reconstruction era, Davis led the radical wing of the Texas Republican Party. In Nov. 1869 he narrowly defeated moderate Republican A.J. Hamilton for the Governorship in an election marred by charges of fraud. Davis took office in Jan. 1870, and Texas was readmitted to the Union the following March. Davis' four-year term was marked by controversy over the formation of a State Police force and alleged financial corruption. His administration drew praise, however, for its support of free public education.

Davis was defeated for re-election in Dec. 1873 by Democrat Richard Coke, but he refused to leave office. From Jan. 13 to Jan. 17, 1874, Davis occupied the first floor of the State Capitol, while Coke and members of the 14th Legislature held the second floor. Armed conflict was prevented when President U.S. Grant declined to intervene in the dispute, and Davis left the building peacefully.

Davis married Anne Elizabeth Britton (b. 1838) and had two sons, his grave is in the State Cemetery in Austin.
 
Erected 1976 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13934.)
Governor Edmund Jackson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Heinich, August 24, 2014
2. Governor Edmund Jackson Davis Marker

 
Location. 30° 16.362′ N, 97° 44.462′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West 11th Street and Congress Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Southwest corner of the state capitol. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas (here, next to this marker); African Americans in the Texas Revolution (here, next to this marker); Governor James Edward Ferguson August 31, 1871 -September 21, 1944 (here, next to this marker); Governor Andrew Jackson Hamilton (here, next to this marker); Governor Elisha Marshall Pease (here, next to this marker); Henry Smith (here, next to this marker); Site of Second Travis County Courthouse and Walton Building (here, next to this marker); The Texas Capitol (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .  Handbook of Texas Online - Edmund Jackson Davis. (Submitted on December 24, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
 
Categories. GovernmentWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 946 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on , by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 5, 2016.
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