Member Biography

William Tecumseh Davies 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1877       23 Republican
1879-1880       23 Republican
1881-1882       23 Republican
1883-1884       23 Republican

COUNTIES: Bradford, Wyoming  


12/20/1831 - 09/12/1912

Captain William Tecumseh Davies (R23) Bradford County 1877-1884

Early Life: 

Captain William Tecumseh Davies born, December 20, 1831, Glamorganshire, Wales; son of David and Elizabeth Lewis Davies; public school education, Oswego Academy, graduated valedictorian, 1853; teacher, principal; admitted Bradford County bar, 1861, attorney; captain, Civil War, 1862-1863; elected, Bradford County District Attorney, 1865-1868; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1877-1884; Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 1887-1891; married Mary Watkins, 1861; died September 21, 1912 (age 80 years, 276 days) Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; Interment, Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Enlisted, private, Company B, 141st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, August 22, 1862; promoted, Captain, October 8th but was retroactive to August 22; deployed for training and defense of Washington and saw action and at the Mud March, contracted typhoid fever, medical discharge, May 23, 1863.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected Republican, District Attorney, Bradford County, 1865-68.

Delegate, Republican, Republican National Convention, Exposition Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 14–16, 1876.  

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 23rd district, Bradford County, 1877-1884; chair, Judiciary General; member, Appropriations, Banks, Insurance, Legislative and Congressional Apportionment and Vice and Immorality Committees.

Unsuccessful candidate, State Treasurer, 1881.

Unsuccessful candidate, Lieutenant Governor, 1882.

Elected, Republican, 4th Lieutenant Governor with Governor James A. Beaver, 1886-1891.  


October 16, 1884, attended the first meeting of the Association of the Survivors of the One Hundred Forty-First Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. Lieutenant Colonel Guy H. Watkins, of the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry, was his brother-in-law, as he married his daughter, Mary Watkins. 


Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1883) Smull, W.P., The Pennsylvania Manual, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 764, 770-772, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 731.