Located one block East
David Davis swapped for the farm just east of here with Normal's founder Jesse Fell. Davis forgiving Fell's debts. Judge Davis was a friend of attorney Abraham Lincoln and the two of them rode the 8th Judicial circuit together, holding court from Danville to Metamora and from Shelbyville to Bloomington. When Lincoln ran for President in 1860, Judge Davis was his campaign manager, Fell among his closest advisors. President Lincoln appointed Davis to the United States Supreme Court in 1862. In 1876 Justice Davis resigned from the high court to fill Illinois's vacant U.S. Senate seat, where he served another six years, the last of them as President Pro Tem.
His wife Sarah, meanwhile, maintained the residence in Bloomington, raising a family and overseeing the building of the couple's showplace home in 1872, then clearly visible from here, along the Illinois Central Railroad.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Government & Politics • Roads & Vehicles
Location. 40° 28.848′ N, 88° 58.917′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is on N. Robinson Street just north of East Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bloomington IL 61701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edmund O'Connell House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); My Good Friend (about 500 feet away); David Davis Mansion (about 500 feet away); David Davis III & IV House (about 700 feet away); Illinois Central R. R. (approx. 0.2 miles away); James S. Neville House (approx. ¼ mile away); John & Matilda Heffernan House (approx. ¼ mile away); Augustus & Jennie Elbe House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomington.
Also see . . . David Davis. The Supreme Court Historical Society website entry (Submitted on July 16, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.