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Davis, James M.

Born: 1803-10-09 Kentucky

Died: 1866-09-17 Hillsboro, Illinois

James M. Davis moved to Bond County, Illinois, in 1817. He had little formal education but earned admission to the Bond County bar, becoming the second lawyer to practice in the county. He also became active in the Whig Party. In 1849, he moved to Vandalia, Illinois, to become register of the U.S. Land Office, a position he held until 1853. After his term ended, he moved to Hillsboro, where he practiced law. In 1860, he was practicing law in Hillsboro and owned real estate valued at $6,000 and had a personal estate of $12,500. After the dissolution of the Whigs, Davis became a Democrat.

John M. Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis, 1899), 1:526, 2:967-69; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Montgomery County, IL, 9; Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1849 (Washington, DC: Gideon, 1849), 135; Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1851 (Washington, DC: Gideon, 1851), 140; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1853 (Washington, DC: Robert Armstrong, 1853), 138.