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DAVIS, Woodbury, jurist, born in Standish, Maine, 25 July 1818; died in Portland, 15 August 1871. At an early age he removed with his parents to Brooks, Waldo County, where he was educated. He studied law in Belfast, began to practice his profession in Portland, and was elected a judge of the Supreme Court. In 1866 he was appointed postmaster of Portland, and relinquished law practice. Judge Davis took an active interest in the temperance reform, and was instrumental in shaping the legislation of the state upon that question. He was an antislavery man, and one of the founders of the Republican Party. He contributed many articles on political and legal subjects to the newspapers of his native state, to the New York " Independent," and to various periodicals, mid published "The Beautiful City," a religious book (New York, 1859).
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