David Davis was one of Bloomington's best U.S. Senator's from Illinois, and he was one of Abraham Lincoln's campaign managers and his closest friend. The David Davis Mansion was where he resided at, located near the Beer Nuts factory, on 1000 Monroe Drive. He was born on March 9, 1815, to a wealthy family in Cecil County, Maryland, 49 miles northeast of Baltimore, where he attended public school. This site will show you all the info about him, from the history of his childhood to the times of his legacy. Also, this wiki will show you history of his education, history when he practiced law, and history of his life with his family. And don't forget to check out the David Davis Mansion, located near the Beer Nuts factory, and the statue of Davis, Abraham Lincoln, and Jesse Fell near the entrance to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in beautiful Bloomington, Illinois. The statue was unveiled on October 23, 2010, during the reception of Bloomington's newly named Lincoln Park.

David Davis' History

David Davis was a United States Senator from Illinois who then became an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was also the campaign manager at the 1860 Republican National Convention for 16th U.S. President, and Illinois state legislator, Abraham Lincoln. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1860. Then he served as Abraham Lincoln's campaign manager at the Republican National Convention in 1860.

Information About David Davis' Death

He became ill with a carbuncle and was confined to his home with what was diagnosed as diabetes in early 1886. He went into a coma on June 20, 1886, and died six days later on June 26, 1886. He was buried along with his wife, Sarah, in the family plot at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, 1/2 mile east of the Lincoln Leisure Center and Gene's Ice Cream.

David Davis' Family Life

Information About George Perrin Davis

George Perrin Davis was the son of David Davis, who was born on June 3, 1842 in Bloomington, Illinois. He was a director of the First National Bank of Bloomington, and was interested in several other bank institutions. Then he became vice-president of the board of trustees of Illinois Wesleyan University, one of Bloomington's universities. And for a time he was president of the McLean County Historical Society. He was married to Miss Ella Hanna, from Indianapolis, Indiana, a granddaughter of General Robert Hanna at Attica, Indiana, 79 miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana, and 66 miles east of Champaign, Illinois, on June 17, 1869. General Robert Hanna was the first man to serve as a U.S. senator from Indiana. He died on January 10, 1917, and his burial site can be found at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, Illinois.

Information About Mercer Davis

Mercer Davis, born in Bloomington, Illinois on May 6, 1878, was the son of George Perrin Davis and Ella Hanna Davis, and grandson of Judge David Davis. He received his education at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, and Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, 67 miles northwest of New Haven, Connecticut. He returned to Bloomington after completing his education, then he engaged in farming and stock raising, and in the management of the extensive Davis estate here in McLean County. He was married to Miss Dorothy Phelps, a native of Fairbury, Illinois, 37 miles northeast of Bloomington-Normal, and daughter of Albert and Linda (Hanna) Phelps, both natives of Fairbury, at Fairbury, Illinois on April 22, 1903. He died on December 5, 1957, and his burial site can be found at the Park Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum in Bloomington, Illinois, right next to Miller Park, and the Miller Park Pavilion.

Information About Sarah Davis

In 1836, David Davis lost his bid to marry Sarah Walker, the daughter of a Massachusetts probate judge, William P. Walker. Sarah Walker Davis, born Sarah Woodruff Walker, was born in Lenox, Massachusetts, 130 miles west of Boston, on September 4, 1814. She was educated at Catherine Beecher's Female Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, 39 miles northeast of New Haven, where she acquired the skills that are necessary to run a large household. She soon got married to Supreme Court Judge David Davis, one of Illinois' U.S. Senators. She died on November 9, 1879, and her burial site can be found at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, Illinois.

David Davis' Education

He attended public school when he was with a wealthy family in Cecil County, Maryland, during his childhood. Then he attended college and graduated from Kenyon College at Gambier, Ohio, 55 miles northeast of Columbus, in 1832. Then he went on to Massachusetts, and enrolled at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, to study law. He graduated from Yale in 1835, and moved back to here, in Bloomington, Illinois, to begin practicing law.

David Davis' Law History

In 1844, he won election as a Whig to the Illinois legislature. He served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1845, and as a delegate to the Illinois constitutional convention in McLean County in 1847. In 1848, he presided over the court of the Illinois Eighth Circuit as a judge, the same circuit where Lincoln was practicing. In 1860, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, where he served as Lincoln's campaign manager during the U.S. Presidential election. He only served a single term as a U.S. Senator from Illinois. He retired to his home in Bloomington at the end of his term in 1883.

David Davis Mansion

The David Davis Mansion, named after the Supreme Court Justice himself, David Davis, located near both Bloomington Junior High School and Bloomington High School, at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington, Illinois. The David Davis Mansion is also known by another name called "Clover Lawn". The Victorian-styled mansion was designed by Alfred Piquenard, a French-born architect and one of the Midwest's leading architects, who was commissioned by Judge Davis to design the mansion as a residence home for his wife, Sarah Davis, who wanted her to remain here in Bloomington than moving back to Washington, D.C. The mansion was originally estimated to cost about $30,000, but the reported cost was about $75,000 - a figure that did not include furnishings or landscaping.

Information About David Davis Mansion's Architect

Alfred Piquenard was born on 1826 in France. He was known for some of his architect designs, like the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois, the David Davis Mansion, residence home to David Davis and Sarah Davis in Bloomington, Illinois, the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines, Iowa, and the McLean County Court House. He was chosen as supervising architect for the project, which is a post he held until his death on November 19, 1876. His burial site can be found at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.

History of Alfred Piquenard's Past Life

He fled with the Icarians and sought refuge from political persecution at Nauvoo, Illinois, about 150 miles west of Bloomington. He left the Icarian colony in 1852 to work as an architect in Kansas and Missouri. He joined the Chicago firm of Cochrane and Garnsey after the Civil War, which had recently won first prize in the competition for Springfield's new capitol building.

David Davis Mansion Wiki Link

Historic Landmarks

This link will take you to the Historic Landmarks wiki page, where you can click on the David Davis Mansion internal link, so you can go to the David Davis Mansion wiki on the BN Wiki. You can find information about the mansion, history of the mansion, and information and history of David Davis himself.

David Davis Mansion website


This link will take you to the website of the David Davis Mansion, one of Bloomington's historic landmarks, and home to the Supreme Court Justice, David Davis. Some of the seasonal events that take place at the David Davis Mansion today for example are "Halloween at Clover Lawn", and "The Blessings of the Table" at Thanksgiving. On their website, you can check on their seasonal newsletter for events and news involved with the mansion, learn about the history of the mansion and David Davis, learn about the foundation of the mansion, find information for education programs and school field trips to the mansion, find information about the mission and staff members of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA), and other information you can find, like information for catered events and meetings, hours of operation they are opened, information for tours of the David Davis Mansion, and resources for the mansion.


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