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Jonathan M. Davis

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Jonathan M. Davis
22nd Governor of Kansas
In office
January 8, 1923 – January 12, 1925
LieutenantBenjamin S. Paulen
Preceded byHenry J. Allen
Succeeded byBenjamin S. Paulen
Member of the Kansas Senate
In office
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornApril 27, 1871
Bourbon County, Kansas
DiedJune 27, 1943 (aged 72)
Bourbon County, Kansas
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Purdom
Professionfarmer, postmaster, politician

Jonathan McMillan Davis (April 27, 1871 – June 27, 1943) was an American politician and the 22nd Governor of Kansas.


Davis was born in Bronson, Kansas to Jonathan McMillan and Eve (Holeman) Davis.[1] His education was in the public schools and the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He left college without graduating due to the death of his father. He married Mary "Mollie" Purdom on September 26, 1894 and they had four children. Mollie died in 1926 and he married Mary E. (Winston) Raymond on December 16, 1931.


Davis served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1905 to 1913; and then in the Kansas State Senate from 1915 to 1917.[2]

Winning the 1922 gubernatorial race, Davis was sworn into the office on January 8, 1923. During his tenure, taxes were cut, prohibition and women's suffrage were endorsed, increased funding secured for veteran's pensions, banking procedures were limited, an improved road bill was authorized, utilities were controlled, and the chancellor of the University of Kansas was fired.[3]

Davis was arrested the day after his term ended. He was indicted twice for bribery, tried twice and acquitted both times.[4]


Davis died on June 27, 1943 following a lengthy illness and several repeat visits to a Fort Scott hospital. He is interred at Bronson Cemetery in Bronson, Kansas.


  1. ^ "Jonathan M. Davis". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Jonathan M. Davis". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  3. ^ "Jonathan M. Davis". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "Jonathan M. Davis". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved September 30, 2012.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
W. C. Lansdon
Democratic nominee for Governor of Kansas
1920, 1922, 1924, 1926
Succeeded by
Chauncey B. Little
Preceded by
James Malone
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Kansas
(Class 2)

Succeeded by
Omar B. Ketchum
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry J. Allen
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Ben S. Paulen
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