Noah Davis

Noah Davis (September 10, 1818 – March 20, 1902) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Noah Davis
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Judge for the New York Supreme Court
In office
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
In office
July 20, 1870 – December 31, 1872
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – July 15, 1870
Preceded byLewis Selye
Succeeded byCharles H. Holmes
Judge for the New York Supreme Court
In office
Personal details
Born(1818-09-10)September 10, 1818
Haverhill, New Hampshire
DiedMarch 20, 1902(1902-03-20) (aged 83)
New York City, New York
Political partyRepublican


His family moved to Albion, New York, in 1825. He attended Lima Seminary in Buffalo, New York. Then he studied law in Lewiston, New York, was admitted to the bar in 1841, and practiced in Gainesville, New York, and Buffalo. He returned to Albion in February 1844 and practiced law in partnership with Sanford E. Church.

In 1857, he was appointed to the New York Supreme Court (8th District) to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Mullett, and was subsequently elected to two eight-year terms, but resigned in 1868 after his election to Congress. He was ex officio a judge of the New York Court of Appeals in 1865.

Davis was elected as a Republican to the 41st United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1869, to July 15, 1870, when he resigned. Davis was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and held that office from July 20, 1870, to December 31, 1872, when he resigned.

In November 1872, he was elected to a 14-year term on the New York Supreme Court (1st District). He presided over the trial of William M. Tweed in 1873, whose defense counsel included David Dudley Field II and Elihu Root.[1] After his term expired, he resumed the practice of law in New York City and was a member of the council of the University of the City of New York (now New York University.)

He was buried at Mount Albion Cemetery in Albion.


  • United States Congress. "Noah Davis (id: D000126)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • EX-JUSTICE DAVIS DEAD, The New York Times, March 21, 1902
  • The New York Civil List, compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (p. 352; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
  • [1] Court of Appeals judges
  1. ^ Allen, Oliver E. (1993). The Tiger: The Rise and Fall of Tammany Hall. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. pp. 138-139. ISBN 0-201-62463-X.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lewis Selye
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles H. Holmes