Saturday, December 03, 2005

FOR THE LYNCH LAW & WHIPPING POST


After I finished the book, The Family by Kitty Kelley, I was interested in reading the entire article written by the President Bush's great-grandfather, "I'm for Lynch Law and Whipping Post; D.D. [David Davis] Walker Writes" The St. Louis Republic, July 22, 1914. Which was referenced in chapter 2, on pages 24-26, and is also referenced on the Random House, The Family website.

So I requested a copy of the article through the San Francisco Public Library, and I was somewhat surprised when I finally got a copy of the "I'm for Lynch Law and Whipping Post; D.D. [David Davis] Walker Writes" from The St. Louis Republican's morning edition. What surprised me was D.D. Walker article is GONE, and has been replaced by the article L"Jones Tells Why He Is Eligible As Member of Board," about U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's appointment of Gilbert M. Hitchcock's as the Chairman of the Senate Banking and Currency Committee (Hitchcock was also a director of McCormick's International Harvester).

Essentially everything else on the front page is exactly the same, including the large Chapin cartoon graphic on the front page.

Additional Information:

Davis David Walker, Sr., was a co-founder of Ely & Walker Dry Goods Company in St. Louis, Missouri. Walker expressed his opinion on the issues of his day in a letter sent from the Walker's Point Kennebunkport Maine compound (Walker's Point) and was published by the St. Louis Republic on July 22, 1914. Walker believed that wife-beaters should be whipped, men who assaulted women should be lynched, and severely handicapped and deformed infants should be euthanized. He believed people should have medical tests for venereal disease before marriage. Walker supported segregation of the races, but also supported women’s suffrage and the constitutional amendment ratified in 1913 instituting an income tax.

Four years after D. D. Walker wrote his letter to the St. Louis Republican, his sons George Herbert Walker and David David Walker, Jr. went to court to tried and have their father legally declared incompetent; complaining that during the previous four years D.D. Walker, Sr. had given away some $300,000 (the equivalent of $3.6 million in 2004). The case was still pending when D. D. Walker, Sr., (who had been born on January 19, 1840), died at his Walker's Point Kennebunkport, Maine on October 4, 1918. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

David Davis Walker, Sr. was named after he first cousin, who served in the Illinois State Legislature in 1844, and in 1848. After 1857, Illinois Circuit Court Judge David Davis became involved with the new Republican political party... as the campaign manager for Abraham Lincoln's 1860 U.S. presidency bid. Lincoln appointed Judge Davis to the United States Supreme Court, where he served from 1862-77; and was the executor of the assassinated United States president’s family estate.

Also, David Davis was himself considered a potential U.S. presidential candidate in 1872, and served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 1877 to 1883. He died on June 16, 1886.

Additional Sources:

Davis-Bush family (1778-present) 10 members

King, Willard. Lincoln’s Manager: David Davis. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1960 & University of Chicago Press, 1974

Pratt, Harry. "David Davis, 1815-1886." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Illinois, 1930.

Hughes, Roger. Twists, turns, ties: David Davis & George Bush. Op-Ed page article published in the November 7, 2004, issue of The Pantagraph daily newspaper of Bloomington, Illinois. Page C3, Viewpoint section

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency - David Davis Mansion

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