James Davenport (Connecticut congressman)

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James Davenport
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's At-large district
In office
December 5, 1796 – August 3, 1797
Preceded by Nathaniel Smith
Succeeded by Samuel W. Dana
Personal details
Born (1758-10-12)October 12, 1758
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Died August 3, 1797(1797-08-03) (aged 38)
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Citizenship  United States
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s) Abigail Fitch Davenport and Mehitable Coggshall Davenport
Relations James Davenport and John Davenport
Children Elizabeth Coggshall Davenport, Abigail Fitch Davenport, Mary Ann Davenport and Frances Louise Davenport
Parents Abraham Davenport and Elizabeth (Huntington) Davenport
Alma mater Yale College
Occupation Lawyer, Judge, Politician
Religion Congregationalist

James Davenport (October 12, 1758 – August 3, 1797) was an eighteenth-century American lawyer, politician and judge. He served as a U.S. Representative from Connecticut.

Biography[edit]

Davenport was born in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Abraham Davenport, and Elizabeth (Huntington) Davenport. He graduated from Yale College in 1777. He served in the commissary department of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War.[1] He served as judge of the court of common pleas and was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1785 to 1790.[2] Davenport served in the Connecticut State Senate from 1790 to 1797, and was a member of the Connecticut council of assistants from 1790 to 1796.[3]

He was a judge of the Fairfield County Court from 1792 until 1796.[4] He was elected as a Federalist candidate to the Fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Hillhouse, and was reelected to the Fifth Congress. Davenport served in Congress from December 5, 1796 until his death in Stamford on August 3, 1797.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Davenport married Abigail Fitch on May 7, 1780. They had one daughter together, Elizabeth Coggshall Davenport. Davenport married his second wife Mehitable Coggshall on November 6, 1790. Davenport had three daughters with Mehitable, Abigail Fitch Davenport, Mary Ann Davenport and Frances Louise Davenport.[6][7]

Davenport's uncle, also named James Davenport, was a noted clergyman.[8] Davenport's brother John Davenport also served in the United States Congress.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DAVENPORT, James, (1758 - 1797)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Portrait of a Family: Stamford through the Legacy of the Davenports". Stamford Historical Society. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Davenport, James (1758-1797)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ United States Congress (2005). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005: The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States, from the First Through the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 2005, Inclusive. Government Printing Office. p. 922. 
  5. ^ "Rep. James Davenport". Govtrack.us. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Portrait of a Family: Stamford through the Legacy of the Davenports". Stamford Historical Society. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Stamford, CT Families (1641-1935)". Ancestry.com. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "DAVENPORT, James [1716-1757] -- American clergyman". Ancestry.com. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Davenport, John (1752-1830)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 

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