Davis, John William (1873–1955), a United States lawyer and statesman. He was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for President in 1924 against Republican Calvin Coolidge. Davis was nominated on the 103rd ballot after a two weeks' convention deadlock between Alfred E. Smith and William G. McAdoo. Davis was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1895.
Davis was a member of the West Virginia legislature, 1899; congressman from West Virginia, 1911–13; and U.S. solicitor general, 1913–18. He was ambassador to Great Britain, 1918–21. In 1921 Davis joined a leading New York City law firm. He appeared in many important constitutional cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. In both politics and the law, Davis usually held conservative views.