John E. Davis

John E. Davis

Full Name: Johnathan Edward Davis
Date of birth: March 18, 1875
Date of death: November 2, 1958

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 50-3 Jan 8, 1929 - Jan 13, 1931 41st   Democrat Mesquite / Dallas   Dallas
H 50-3 Jan 11, 1927 - Jan 8, 1929 40th   Democrat Mesquite / Dallas   Dallas
H 50-3 Jan 13, 1925 - Jan 11, 1927 39th   Democrat Mesquite / Dallas   Dallas
H 44 Jan 11, 1921 - Jan 9, 1923 37th   Democrat Mesquite / Dallas   Dallas
H 44-3 Jan 14, 1919 - Jan 11, 1921 36th   Democrat Mesquite / Dallas   Dallas
H 44 Jan 9, 1917 - Jan 14, 1919 35th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Dallas
H 44 Jan 12, 1915 - Jan 9, 1917 34th   Democrat Mesquite / Dallas   Dallas
H 44 Jan 14, 1913 - Jan 12, 1915 33rd   Democrat Mesquite / Dallas   Dallas
H 37 Jan 10, 1911 - Jan 14, 1913 32nd   Democrat Mesquite / Dallas   Dallas

(1) Dallas, Dallas County. "District No. 44. Barry Miller, J.W. Parks, John E. Davis and Chas. O. Laney, all of Dallas, composed of the county of Dallas," p. 5. House Journal.
(2) Dallas, Dallas County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Mesquite. Texas Legislative Manual.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary and photo, "J.E. Davis, Ex-Publisher and Lawmaker, Dies," 11/3/1958, sec. 4, p. 5. Publisher of the Texas Mesquiter. "He was elected mayor of Mesquite in 1906 and served for four years before being elected to the State Legislature in 1911 where he served for eight terms." Dallas Morning News.

Other Resources

  • Johnathan Edward Davis, birth date 3/18/1875 in Georgia; death date 11/2/1958 in Lancaster, Dallas County; newspaper printer and editor. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Jonathan Edward Davis, birth date 3/18/1875; permanent home address in Mesquite, Dallas County; editor. FamilySearch United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
  • John E. Davis, birth date 3/18/1875, death date 11/2/1958, burial in Mesquite Cemetery, Dallas County. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned in: Nicola, Carson. On the Labor Front: Uncovering Dallas's Union Legislators 1890-1920. Texas Christian University, May 8, 2023. Texas Christian University.
  • Occupation and religious affiliation, 34th Legislature. "Occupations of Members of Legislative House," 3/14/1915, p. 4. Galveston Daily News.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

41st R.S. - 1929
Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Public Printing  
40th R.S. - 1927
Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Public Health  
State Eleemosynary and Reformatory Institutions  
39th R.S. - 1925
Contingent Expense (Chair) 
Municipal and Private Corporations  
37th R.S. - 1921
Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Representative Districts  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
36th R.S. - 1919
Constitutional Amendments  
Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
Public Printing  
State Affairs  
35th R.S. - 1917
Internal Improvements  
Public Printing  
State Affairs  
Supreme Judicial Districts (Vice Chair) 
34th R.S. - 1915
Common Carriers  
Constitutional Amendments  
Enrolled Bills (Chair) 
Public Printing  
Revenue and Taxation  
State Affairs (Vice Chair) 
33rd R.S. - 1913
Claims and Accounts  
North Texas Hospital for the Insane at Terrell  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections  
Revenue and Taxation  
State Affairs  
State Asylums  
32nd R.S. - 1911
Appropriations Subcommittee on the North Texas Hospital for the Insane  
Public Printing  
State Affairs  

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