Papers, 1975-1985, of Richards J. Davis, mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia and lieutenant-governor of the state of Virginia. The papers pertain primarily to his administration as lieutenant-governor and include correspondence with politicians and with constituents, personal correspondence, campaign material, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs and a videocassette of Davis and his family discussing his years as a student at tWilliam & Mary, and his career.
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Richard Joseph Davis was born 7 August 1921 in Portsmouth, Va. He graduated from the William & Mary and served in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a law degree. Davis was elected mayor of Portsmouth, chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party and served as lieutenant-governor from 1982-1986. Davis has been an unsuccessful candidate for U. S. Senate and for governor.