John W. Davis

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John W. Davis (1873-1955) was the Democratic Party's nominee for president of the United States in 1924. He lost to Calvin Coolidge. In Alger Hiss's 1949-1950 trial, Davis testified as a character witness on behalf of the Soviet agent Hiss,[1] yet Hiss was convicted of perjury. In 1954, Davis defended segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, but was again defeated.[2] Later that year, he joined with the white-shoe law firm representing the secret Communist J. Robert Oppenheimer.[3] Davis's team went down to defeat yet again when the Atomic Energy Commission upheld its Personal Security Board's ruling stripping Oppenheimer of his clearance.

  1. Doug Linder (2003), "The Trials of Alger Hiss: A Commentary," The Alger Hiss Trials, 1949-50, Famous Trials (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law). Cf. John W. Davis, Bioguide, United States Congress
  2. Judge Arnette R. Hubbard, "Brown, et al v. Board of Education," Illinois Commission on the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
  3. Alan Simpson, "The Re-Trial of the Oppenheimer Case," The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, Inc.), Vol. 10, No. 10 (December 1954), p. 387