1847: Thomas M. Davis to President James K. Polk

President James K. Polk

Thomas M. Davis (1822-1869) and Emily Roach (1827-1904) married 4 July 1843 Caldwell County, Kentucky.

Thomas was born in Smithland, Kentucky, in November, 1822. His father, John Davis, came from Ireland to Livingston County when a young man. The grandfather was a hotel keeper at Smithland for many years. Thomas grew up in Livingston County and first served as deputy sheriff. About 1843 he began merchandizing, and followed it until his death, in January 4, 1869. He was also president of the Southern Bank of Smithland and a member of the Smithland Masonic lodge.

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Addressed to His Excellency James K. Polk, President of the U.S., Washington City, D.C.

Smithland, Kentucky
April 21st 1847

To his Excellency, James K. Polk
President of the United States


Understanding that there were some vacancies in the office of Lieutenant in the 16th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, I have ventured to apply for a commission as a Lieutenant in that Regiment. I trust that the accompanying letter from my fellow citizen and the letter from Lieutenant Colonel Henry S. Webb to Adjutant General Jones will be sufficient to satisfy you of my character & capacity. And hope should there be a vacancy that you will give me a commission which I will take good care shall not be dishonoured nor do discredit to the service or the country.

Very respectfully,
Your Obedient Servant,

Thomas M. Davis

P. S. If the vacancies are all filled in the 16th Regiment, I should be pleased to receive an appointment in any other Regiment when there is a vacancy. – T.M.D.

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