Warren R. Davis

Warren Ransom Davis (May 8, 1793 – January 29, 1835) was an American attorney and Representative from South Carolina's 6th congressional district from 1827-35.

Davis was born in Columbia, South Carolina, pursued preparatory studies and graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina Columbia) in 1810, where he was a member of the Euphradian Society. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1814, practicing in Pendleton. He later served as state solicitor of the western circuit from 1818 to 1824.

Davis was elected as a Jacksonian to the 20th United States Congress and 21st Congresses, reelected as a Nullifier to the 22nd through 24th Congresses and served from March 4, 1827, until his death in Washington, D.C., on January 29, 1835, before the opening of the 24th Congress. During the 22nd Congress he was chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary.

On the day after his death, his funeral was disrupted by an assassination attempt on President Andrew Jackson by a deranged house painter, Richard Lawrence. Davis is interred in the Congressional Cemetery.

Warren Ransom Davis
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
In office
Preceded by James Buchanan
Succeeded by John Bell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1827 – January 29, 1835
Preceded by John Wilson
Succeeded by Waddy Thompson, Jr.
Personal details
Born May 8, 1793
Columbia, South Carolina
Died January 29, 1835 (aged 41)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic (1827–1831)
Nullifier (1831–1835)
Alma mater South Carolina College
Profession attorney

See also


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Waddy Thompson, Jr.

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