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DAVIE, WILLIAM RICHARDSON (1843–1921). William Richardson (W. R.) Davie, state government official, was born in 1843. During the Civil War he served in the Army of Northern Virginia and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war he lived in South Carolina and served in the state legislature. He married Henrietta C. on June 14, 1871, and they had at least two sons. They moved to Texas in 1900 and settled in Austin. Davie was Texas state tax commissioner under Governor Samuel W. T. Lanham and served as secretary of state under Governor Thomas M. Campbell from February 1908 to January 1909. After retiring he became a corporation agent. Davie died on October 8, 1921, and was buried in Mexia, Texas, next to his two sons.


Austin Statesman, October 9, 1921.

Laurie E. Jasinski


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Laurie E. Jasinski, "DAVIE, WILLIAM RICHARDSON," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.