New National Era, March 6, 1873

New National Era, March 6, 1873

No one can enter the hall of the House of Representatives of our Legislature without noticing the large, round, cannon-ball head of
Representative from Noxubee county. There is scarcely a question brought before the House but what Mr. D. takes an active and practical part in its merits. A fine speaker, of sound logic, commanding appearance, Mr. Davis is looked upon as one of the leading men of our Legislature. In appearance he is of ordinary height, stout, full head, somewhat bald, and in features and color, exhibits about three-fourths mixture of the Anglo-Saxon. He is a native of this State, but lived the greater portion of his life in Tennessee. He never attended school a day in his life, but has acquired a fair common school education through his own industry and perseverance. He did noble service for the cause of the Union while in the army, and was mustered out with high honors for bravery and good conduct. When Gen. Ames took command of this department as Provisional Governor, he appointed him one of the magistrates for his county, which position he filled with great ability, and won for himself a host of friends. He was elected to the Legislature in 1869, and served his constituents so well that they re-elected him in 1871 by an increased majority. He was one of the most prominent candidates for Congress from the 3d district, but failing to get the nomination he was unanimously chosen as elector for that district, and did equally as much or more than any other man for the success of the ticket in his district during the recent campaign. And when our State Electoral College met, they elected him to take the vote of the State to Washington.

Mr. Davis commands a large influence in the State, especially in his section of it, and a host of our people look to him for guidance and direction. He made a good point in his speech at the Executive Mansion when the Governor signed our civil rights bill, by saying that “the people ought not to feel themselves honored by having the Governor to sign the bill, but the Governor ought to feel himself honored by having the privilege of signing such a noble and equitable measure.”

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