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George Davis
George Davis (politician)
Early photograph of Davis

4th Confederate States Attorney General
In office
January 2, 1864 – April 24, 1865
President Jefferson Davis
Vice President Alexander Stephens
Preceded by Thomas H. Watts
Succeeded by Office abolished

Born March 1, 1820(1820-03-01)
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Died February 23, 1896 (aged 75)
Resting place Oakdale Cemetery
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Relations Thomas Frederick Davis & Sarah Isabella Eagle (parents)
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Profession Law

George Davis (March 1, 1820 – February 23, 1896) was a Confederate States of America political figure and the last Confederate Attorney General, serving from 1864 to 1865.

Early life and career[]

Born near Wilmington, North Carolina, Davis attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was valedictorian of the class of 1838. He subsequently studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1840. In 1848 he became general counsel of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. He held this position the rest of his life.

Political career[]

Davis was a delegate from North Carolina to the unsuccessful Washington Peace Conference of February 4 to February 27, 1861.

After secession[]

Davis was a delegate to the Provisional Confederate Congress in 1861-1862, and was then elected to the Senate, where he served from 1862 to 1864. In December 1863, President Jefferson Davis appointed him attorney general. He served in this position from January 2, 1864 until April 24, 1865, in the last days of the Confederacy.

After the war[]

Davis was captured by U.S. forces at Key West, Florida on October 18, 1865, and was imprisoned at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, N.Y. He spent several months at Fort Hamilton before being pardoned in 1866. He then returned to law practice in Wilmington.


Template:Libship honor A statue of Davis also stands in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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