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Manuscript Group 428
JOHN T. DAVIS PAPERS
1920-1925
1 cubic foot


John T. Davis served as the Director of Prohibition in Pennsylvania from 1922 to 1923. Born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Davis attended the Preparatory School at Bucknell, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Wake Forest College, North Carolina, in 1900. After completing his training at Princeton Theological Seminary, he was ordained as a minister in 1903. Following his ordination, Davis served five years on the Blairsville School Board in Pennsylvania, three of those years as the secretary. He was also an Associational Missionary under the State Baptist Convention for three years. He was active in the Y.M.C.A. of Blairsville, Pennsylvania before his election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1918. He was reelected in 1920, but resigned his post in January 27, 1922, to accept the position of Director of Prohibition. After serving only two years as director, he resigned from this duty. Little information is available regarding his later years; however, records indicate that Davis moved back to Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in 1939 and resided there until his death in 1941.

The various articles, letters, and official manuscripts not only pertain to the years that Davis was the director of Prohibition, but also contain items about Prohibition during the years 1920 to 1925.





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