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Justice Fred Henry Davis

(Leon)  [served 6 years, 4 months]
Served March 9, 1931 – June 20, 1937 as Justice   
Served January 10, 1933 – January 8, 1935 as Chief Justice [appointed at age 36, youngest Chief Justice]
b. Greenville, South Carolina, May 18, 1894     d. June 20, 1937, Jacksonville, Florida
County Judge:  No.          Circuit Judge: No. 

Fred Davis started studying law while still attending high school in Tallahassee, Florida.  He became a member of the bar in 1914 at the age of 20 and went on to have a varied and active career.  He was a U.S. Attorney, a prosecuting attorney for Leon County, then Wakulla County, and special counsel to the Florida Railroad Commission.  He also participated in the state’s political life, getting elected to the Florida House of Representatives four times.  In 1927, he was elected speaker of the house.  That same year, Governor John Martin appointed Davis attorney general of Florida to fill an unexpired term.  In 1928, Davis won the post in the general election.  Three years later, in 1931, Governor Doyle Carlton appointed him justice on the Florida Supreme Court.  The members of the court elected him chief justice in 1933.  His pace of life and work might have caused a sudden and unexpected fatal heart attack while Justice Davis was visiting in Jacksonville.


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