"James Houston Davis", better known as "Jimmie Davis", (September 11, 1899(?) - November 5, 2000) was a noted singer of both sacred and popular songs who served two nonconsecutive terms as a Democratic governor of Louisiana in the mid-twentieth century.
Davis was born to a sharecropping couple in the now ghost town of Beech Springs, near Quitman, in Jackson Parish, either in 1899 or 1900, probably 1899. The family was so poor that young Jimmie did not have a bed in which to sleep until he was nine years old.
He graduated from Beech Springs High School and Soule Business College, New Orleans campus. The late Congressman Otto Passman, a Louisiana Democrat, also graduated from Soule, but from the Bogalusa campus. Davis received his bachelor's degree in history from the Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville. He received a master's degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Davis became a commercially successful singer of "cowboy music" before he entered politics. He is associated with several popular songs, most notably "You Are My Sunshine," which was designated an official state song of Louisiana in 1977. He wrote the song...