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THE CONGRESSIONAL JOURNALS OF THE UNITED STATES
PARTI OF THE
The Journal of
the House of
JAMES MADISON ADMINISTRATION 1809-1817
FOURTEENTH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION
DECEMBER, 1816-MARCH, 1817
MICHAEL GLAZIER, INC.
1210 A King Street
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 77-76813
International Standard Book Numbers
Printed in the United States of America.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
•For the complete list of the members of the House
WILLIAM A. DAVIS
of this volume
William A. Davis was born in New York. He was trained as a printer; and with his brother Matthew founded the printing company of M.L. & W.A. Davis in 1795. The business lasted until 1814. But at various times over those years William printed and published independently, under the imprint of William A. Davis & Co. He had a brief and rather unsuccessful experience in the New York newspaper business, printing the Chronicle Express from November 25, 1802 to January 20, 1803 and the Morning Chronicle from October 1, 1802 to January 19, 1803.
In 1815 William A. Davis moved to Washington and opened a printery. Two years later, on May 24, 1817, he joined John Brannan to form the bookselling, publishing and printing firm of Davis & Brannan. The partnership lasted until April 1818, when he and Peter Force (b. 1790) started the printing-publishing concern of Davis & Force. Peter Force was a man of exceptional publishing ability, who is deservedly revered and remembered as the editor and publisher of Tracts and Other Papers, etc. (1836-46) and the monumental, though unfinished, American Archives (1837-53).
Davis & Force prospered and became one of the most successful establishments in the increasingly competitive graphics business in Washington. Unlike his partner, little is known of the personal life of William A. Davis apart from the record that he married Elizabeth Santford on August 18, 1798; and he died in Washington in 1826.