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DAVIS, LEWIS GARDNER

DAVIS, LEWIS GARDNER (1827–1893). Lewis Gardner (L. G., Luke) Davis, legislator, son of William and Elizabeth Brown (Gardner) Davis, was born in Twiggs County, Georgia, on April 4, 1827. His father was a justice of the Inferior Court of Chattahoochee County, Georgia in 1860 and in January 1861 represented the county in the Secession Convention which met in Milledgeville, Georgia. The Davis family moved in the winter of 1835–36 to Russell County, Alabama, where L. G. Davis served one term as tax collector in 1855–56. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate States Army at Columbus, Georgia, in Company B, Twenty-eighth Battalion, Georgia Siege Artillery. Davis was promoted to First Lt., Company K, First Georgia Regulars in December 1864. He married Margaret Jane Aldredge on January 11, 1848, in Russell County, Alabama. They were the parents of four children. Davis moved his family in the winter of 1868–69 to Upshur County, Texas, where relatives had settled after the war. He farmed on his homestead, and after Camp County was organized from Upshur, he was elected county commissioner for Precinct No. 1 in 1878. Davis served in 1883–84 in the House of Representatives, where he was appointed to the Committee on Roads, Bridges, and Ferries. Davis died in Pittsburg, Camp County, on July 10, 1893.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Laura J. D. Scarborough, Southern Kith and Kin (4 vols., Abilene, Texas, 1951–58). Texas Legislative Council, Members of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1980 (Austin, 1980?). Texas Legislature, House Journal, 18th Leg., Reg. Sess., January 9, 1883.

Caroline B. Bass

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Caroline B. Bass, "DAVIS, LEWIS GARDNER," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fdaps), accessed April 18, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.