George Davis (Confederate States politician)

For the U.S. Representative from Illinois, see George R. Davis.
George Davis
4th Confederate States Attorney General
In office
January 2, 1864  April 24, 1865
President Jefferson Davis
Preceded by Wade Keyes (Acting)
Succeeded by Position abolished
Confederate States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
February 18, 1862  January 2, 1864
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Edwin Reade
Personal details
Born (1820-03-01)March 1, 1820
Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.
Died February 23, 1896(1896-02-23) (aged 75)
Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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 education

Born near Wilmington, North Carolina, George 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

George Davis was a delegate from North Carolina to the unsuccessful Washington Peace Conference of February 4–27, 1861. He 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 was in fact related to President Davis. He served in this position from January 2, 1864 until April 24, 1865, in the last days of the Confederacy.

Later life

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


Statue of George Davis in historic downtown Wilmington NC.

In World War II, the United States liberty ship SS George Davis was named in his honor.[1] A statue of Davis also stands in Wilmington, North Carolina.


  1. "Liberty Ships – Part 2: EMC #s 768 thru 1551". Retrieved 2011-08-13.


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