Samuel Post Davis
(April 4, 1850 – March 17, 1918)
was a US journalist, politician, and historian. Though primarily a journalist, Davis also wrote
poetry, plays, short stories, and humorous sketches. A humorist, he was one of the writers from
Nevada associated with the Sagebrush School.
He was born in Branford, Connecticut. With his Episcopalian priest father, Davis moved to New
Jersey, and Wisconsin. His early journalism jobs were in Nebraska, Missouri, and Chicago. He moved
to California with his father in 1872, and three years later Davis moved to Virginia City, Nevada.
Davis became the editor of the Virginia Chronicle. In 1879, after the death of Henry Rust
Mighels, owner and editor of the Carson City Nevada Appeal, his widow, Nellie Verrill Mighels Davis,
became the publisher, and shortly thereafter, hired Sam Davis as her editor. She married Davis the
next year, and he took over operations of the Nevada Appeal.
Davis also had a political career. He served as Deputy Secretary of State in 1895. He was elected
Nevada State Controller in 1898 and again in 1902. Five years later, he was appointed State
Industrial and Publicity Commissioner.
Davis and his wife had two daughters. He is buried at Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City next to his wife.