William C. Davis (American politician)

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William Columbus Davis
11th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
In office
January 17, 1927 – January 19, 1931
GovernorBibb Graves
Preceded byCharles S. McDowell
Succeeded byHugh D. Merrill
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1867-08-05)August 5, 1867
DiedOctober 4, 1934(1934-10-04) (aged 67)
Political partyDemocratic

William Columbus Davis (August 5, 1867 – October 4, 1934) was the 11th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1927 to 1931. A Democrat, Davis served Governor Bibb Graves of the same political party.

A native of Iuka, Mississippi, Davis relocated to Hamilton, Alabama in 1890 in order to practice law after years of teaching public school in Mississippi. Two years after moving his law practice to Jasper, Alabama, Davis was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1891. In addition to his time in the House, Davis served as a solicitor of the 14th Judicial Circuit, a chairman of the Congressional Committee, and a member of the Alabama State Committee.

His son, William Columbus Davis, Jr., 1910–2003, was a distinguished Latin Americanist scholar. He established the Latin American Studies Program and taught at The George Washington University for decades. Later he held the Latin America Chair at the National War College for ten years. The younger Davis wrote The Columns of Athens, The Last Conquistadores, and Warnings from the Far South.


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Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by