David Davis Mansion
David Davis (March 9, 1815 – June 26, 1886) was a United States Senator from Illinois and associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. He also served as Abraham Lincoln‘s campaign manager at the 1860 Republican National Convention. He is a distant cousin of United States President George W. Bush and former president George H. W. Bush.
Clover Lawn was built between 1870 and 1872 and is where Justice Davis lived until his death in 1886. Davis commissioned French-born architect Alfred Piquenard to design the mansion, which combines Italianate and Second Empire architectural features and is a model of mid-Victorian style and taste. Piquenard was a prominent Midwest architect who designed the State Capitol in Springfield. The home was meant as a residence for Davis’ wife, Sarah. David Davis himself spent most of his time there after his retirement from the U.S. Senate in 1883.
The house remained in the Davis family until 1960, when it was donated to the state of Illinois, which operates it as a state historic site.