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Davis, David
Born March 9, 1815, in Cecil County, MD
Died June 26, 1886, in Bloomington, IL

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Received a recess appointment from Abraham Lincoln on October 17, 1862, to a seat vacated by John Campbell; nominated to the same position by Abraham Lincoln on December 1, 1862. Confirmed by the Senate on December 8, 1862, and received commission on December 8, 1862. Service terminated on March 4, 1877, due to resignation.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Eighth Circuit, October 29, 1862-April 7, 1867
Seventh Circuit, April 8, 1867-March 4, 1877

Education:
Yale Law School
Kenyon College, A.B., 1832
Read law, 1834

Professional Career:
Private practice, Pekin, Illinois, 1835-1836
Private practice, Bloomington, Illinois, 1836-1848
State representative, Illinois, 1844
Delegate, Illinois constitutional convention, 1847
Judge, Illinois Circuit Court, Eighth Judicial Circuit, 1848-1862
U.S. senator from Illinois, 1877-1883
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