John A.G. Davis

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John A.G. Davis, or John Andrew Gardner Davis, was a professor at the University of Virginia school of law.[1]

Born on March 5, 1802[2] in Middlesex County, VA, Davis moved to Charlottesville in 1824 with his wife, Mary Jane Terrell, a great niece of Thomas Jefferson. They established residence at The Farm and had 7 children.[3] Davis attended the first session of the University of Virginia in 1825 and went on to practice law in Charlottesville until 1830.[2] At the age of 28, he was elected professor of law at UVa, and moved to Pavilion X on the Lawn.[4]

On November 12, 1840,[2] he was shot by a rioting student wearing a mask named Joseph Semmes.[5] While a newspaper account at the time reported the wound was not mortal, Davis died three days later. [6]A story often repeated by UVA students has claimed that the tragic murder of Professor Davis sparked the creation of the UVA Honor Code two years later in 1842. But recent research has shown that to be apocryphal.[7][8]

References

  1. Web. The Farm: Historical Development, retrieved 25 July 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Web. John A.G. Davis, Jean L. Cooper, Students of the University of Virginia, 1825-1874, retrieved 25 July 2012.
  3. Web. Who's Who in the Trices' World?, David Cary Burns, James K. "Jasper" Burns, 13 February 2000
  4. Web. John Anthony Gardner Davis, Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, University of Virginia School of Law, retrieved 25 July 2012.
  5. Web. Maybe UVa students need a new ethics, John Staige Davis IV, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 25 May 2010, retrieved 25 July 2012.
  6. Web. Painful Occurrence., Richmond Enquirer, Volume 37, Number 58 (Richmond, Virginia)
  7. Web. Law School History, Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, University of Virginia School of Law, retrieved 25 July 2012.
  8. Web. The Evolution of Honor, Coy Barefoot, The University of Virginia Magazine, Spring 2008, retrieved 25 July 2012.