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James Dorman Davidson


Lexington, Virginia || lawyer and poet

James D. Davidson was born in Rockbridge County Virginia and was a graduate of Washington College in 1828. He was known as "The Country Lawyer." [Annual Report of the American Historical Association, yr. unknown, p. 67]


James D. Davidson, A Curiosity in Chancery, in the Circuit Court of Rockbridge Co., Va., before the Hon. Hugh W. Sheffey ([Lexington, Virginia ?]: 1874)

______________, A Curiosity in Chancery: and Rhyme and Prose ([Lexington, Virginia]: Lexington Gazette Printing House, 1877)


Herbert Anthony Kellar, A Journey Through the South in 1836: Diary of James D. Davidson (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Franklin Press, 1935)

Bruce Stephen Greenawalt, "The Correspondence of James D. Davidson: Reluctant Rebel," M.A. Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1961.

Research Resources

Scrapbooks, 1832-1878 and Papers
Washington & Lee University
[The Davidson papers are duplicates of originals housed at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin), Duke University Library (Durham, North Carolina), and Rockbridge Historical Society (Lexington, Virginia)]

William Weaver Papers
Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia
[William Weaver was Davidson's friend and lawer]