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John E. DavisTwenty-fifth Governor

  • Residence: McClusky, Sheridan County
  • Years Served: 1957-1961
  • Date of Inauguration: January 9, 1957
  • Age at Inauguration: 43
  • Politics: Republican
  • Born: Goodrich, North Dakota - April 18, 1913
  • Died: Rancho Mirage, California - May 12, 1990

Political Background:

  • 1946-1950: Mayor of McClusky, North Dakota
  • 1952: North Dakota State Senate
  • 1957-1960: Governor of North Dakota
  • 1969: Head of the Civil Defense Preparedness Agency appointed by President Richard Nixon.
Governor Davis and family
Governor Davis and family, in the governor's
residence, 1958.

A highlight of Governor Davis's administration occurred in 1960 when he accompanied a delegation of six United States governors to the former Soviet Union. In return a delegation of Soviet governors visited Bismarck. Davis graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1935, with a degree in business administration. He served in World War II and became national commander of the American Legion in the mid-1960s. He managed his family farm and ranch at Goodrich, served as mayor and banker at McClusky, and later became a director of Provident Life Insurance Company at Bismarck. Governor Davis became national commander of the American Legion in the 1960s. He was appointed head of the Civil Defense Preparedness Agency by President Richard Nixon.

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