Nellie Verrill Mighels Davis

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Nellie Verrill Mighels Davis

(1844-09-10)September 10, 1844
Greenwood, Maine
DiedJune 24, 1945(1945-06-24) (aged 100)
OccupationCivic leader and journalist

Nellie Verrill Mighels Davis (née Verrill) (September 10, 1844 – June 24, 1945) was a US civic leader and journalist.

She was born in Greenwood, Maine. In 1866, she married first Henry Rust Mighels, owner and editor of the Carson City Nevada Appeal. They had three sons and two daughters. In 1877 and 1879, Davis was the first woman to report on the state Legislature, which is located in Carson City. Their son, Henry R. Mighels Jr., eventually took over as editor of the Appeal in 1898.[1] Ella Sterling Mighels, ex-wife of their son Philip, was the "First Literary Historian of California".

Widowed at the age of 35, she hired Samuel Post Davis, of the Virginia Chronicle[1] to be her editor and she served in the role of publisher. She married Davis in 1880, and he took over operations of the Nevada Appeal. They had two daughters. In 1897, she was the first woman to report a prize fight (Fitzsimmons/Corbett); Nevada, at the time, being the only state in the US where prize fighting was legal. She was also the organizer and first State President of the American Red Cross in Nevada.[2] She was buried at Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City between her two husbands.


  1. ^ a b Earl, Phillip I. (April 18, 1996). "Nevada Then and Now - Nellie Verrill Mighels Davis". Death Valley Gateway Gazette. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Nellie Mighels Davis". Nevada Women's History Project. University of Nevada, Reno. Retrieved 25 February 2012.