Alexander Kelso Davis (Noxubee County)


A. K. Davis

Lieutenant Governor: 1874-1875
State House: 1870-1873

Died: November 20, 1884 in Canton, MS

Born in Mississippi and raised in Tennessee. Self-taught. After leaving office, he became a minister. He is listed on the 1880 census in Macon with wife Ophelia and three children.  His impeachment trial can be read here.

“Another Black leader who held a major office at the state level was Alexander Kelso Davis. Davis came to Mississippi in 1869 and settled in Noxubee County, where he became a lawyer. He was elected to the legislature in 1869… Davis’ performance as a legislator was partially responsible for elevating him to the office of lieutenant governor.”
(Buford Satcher, Blacks in Mississippi Politics 1865-1900, 1978)

“Mr. A. K. Davis, colored, died on Thursday at Canton, Miss., of heart disease. He was an ex-slave, a native of Mississippi and a self made man of more than ordinary intellect. He figured prominently in republican politics, was at one time a member of the Legislature and was Lieutenant Governor of the State under Ames and resigned to avoid impeachment. He abandoned politics in 1876 and entered the ministry and became the pastor of the Colored Methodist Church at Canton. He was highly respected by both races. He was the reputed son of the late Colonel A. C. McClurg, of Mississippi.”
(New York Herald, 22 Nov 1884)

The Mississippi Encyclopedia: Alexander K. Davis


Signature of Alexander K. Davis from an 1874 executive pardon of a convict

Alexander Kelso Davis