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Davis, David, House

Bloomington, Illinois
County of McLean.
1000 E. Monroe Street
National Register Number: 72001479
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: IL - 15 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Museum; http://www.state.il.us/HPA/Sites/DavidDavis.htm.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 15, 1975):
From 1872 until his death, this two story Italian Villa style mansion was the residence of David Davis (1815-1886), Associate Justice (1862-1877) of the United States Supreme Court. Davis is best known for writing the majority opinion in EX PARTE MILLIGAN, which restricts the right of military courts to try civilians. In a case involving generally President Lincoln's controversial 1862 authorization of military arrest and trial, with suspension of habeas corpus, for draft resistance and other disloyal acts, and particularly a man sentenced to hang in Indiana, Davis wrote, "The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace."

Budget cuts to state's allocation for the IL Historic Preservation Agency; staff and operations budgets have been threatened with severe cuts for FY '09 and some site closure, including David Davis Mansion.

Received funding for repair of flat portion of roof, which has been leaking. Project temporarily halted by proposed budget cuts for FY '09 state budget but govenor restored funding for state capital projects.

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