History of the Federal Judiciary

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Davis, John
Born September 16, 1851, in Newton, MA
Died May 5, 1902, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, Court of Claims
Nominated by Chester A. Arthur on January 15, 1885, to a seat vacated by William A. Richardson. Confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 1885, and received commission on January 20, 1885. Service terminated on May 5, 1902, due to death.

University of Paris
Heidelberg University, Germany
Frederick William University (now Humboldt University of Berlin)
Read law, 1874

Professional Career:
Clerk, U.S. Department of State, 1870-1872
Private secretary, U.S. Agent J. C. Bancroft Davis, Joint High Commission, Geneva, Switzerland, 1872
Private secretary, Secretary of State Hamilton Fish, 1872-1873
Clerk, Court of Commissioners of Alabama Claims, 1874
Private practice, New York City and Washington, D.C., 1874-1881
Assistant counsel of the United States, French-American Claims Commission, 1881-1882
First assistant and acting secretary of state, 1882-1885


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