Little is said about the friends who helped a very significant person in the history of this nation. Little is said either about their accomplishments. One example of this is a friend of Abraham Lincoln's, David Davis. Lincoln and Davis first met in the Illinois State House at Vandalia in 1836. Davis turned out to be one of Lincoln's most potent political allies. He also accomplished various other important things in his lifetime.
In 1874 the election to the Illinois legislature of a number of Greenback party members and their combined efforts with Democrats elected David Davis to the Senate. Some historians say this kept Samuel J. Tilden from becoming president. Later in 1876 Tilden and Rutherford B. Hayes battled for the presidency. Congress created an electoral commission of five senators, five representatives, and five judges of the Supreme Court to help decide the result. The expected fifth judge would be Davis, but his election to the Senate by the Democrats in the Illinois legislature gave him an excuse to decline the task.
Smaller, significant accomplishments included Davis's term as trustee of Illinois Wesleyan University. This by itself shows Davis's standing. Not just anyone can do something like that. It takes a person of great social standing to achieve that.
David Davis played an important role in Illinois history and the history of the United States. He was an important political ally and friend to Abraham Lincoln. Davis served on the United States Supreme Court from 1862 to 1877. He then served in the United States Senate, replacing Senator John Logan, from 1877 to 1883. History would not have been the same without David Davis.—[From Arthur Charles Cole, The Era of the Civil War, 1848 to 1870; Walter Havighurst, The Heartland; John H. Keiser, Building for the Centuries; Dorrell Kilduff and C. H. Pygman, Illinois History, Government and Geography; Douglas Waitley, Portrait of the Midwest From the Ice Age to the Industrial Era.]