John w davis came from an extremely gifted family of west virginians his only child julia is one of the states revered writers davis is shown truthfully in this work as man his parents forged to their liking. The one thing that all agreed on about john w davis is that he was a great lawyer one of the few people whose career really took off after he was a presidential candidate sadly hes only known for his last appearance in court which was defending school segregation in brown vs board of education when he beat him in that last case thurgood marshall truly won against heavyweight champion of . One of the best attorneys in american history davis was also a congressman from west virginia solicitor general and ambassador to england under president wilson a leading critic of the new deal and an attorney who was active on several fronts ranging from leading the charge against president trumans efforts to nationalize the steel industry to being on the losing side of the brown vs board legal fight. William h harbaugh offers an informative and readable look at the life of john w davis in this excellent biography davis is something of a forgotten figure in american history while hes probably best known for the being the dark horse who emerged in the disastrous 103 ballot democratic convention before being run over by calvin coolidge in the 1924 presidential election davis career . Lawyers lawyer the life of john w davis authors william henry harbaugh john william davis publisher oxford university press 1973 original from the university of michigan digitized dec lawyers lawyer the life of john w davis its safe to say that 999 of the population couldnt tell you who john w davis was as woodrow wilson his old boss was fond of saying popularity is an evanescent thing and
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