Abraham Davenport

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Abraham Davenport painted by Ralph Earl, 1788. Yale University Art Gallery

Abraham Davenport (1715 – November 20, 1789) was an American politician who served in the Connecticut Governor's Council during the American Revolution, and as a colonel in the Connecticut state militia. He is famous for his response to his colleagues during New England's Dark Day, which many feared was a sign that the Last Judgment was approaching. His response was: "I am against adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment; if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought."

John Greenleaf Whittier wrote a poem about the famous incident, "Abraham Davenport", first published in The Atlantic Monthly (May 1866).

External links[edit]

  • "Abraham Davenport 1715–1789" at The Stamford Historical Society
  • Philips, David E. "Legendary Connecticut". ISBN 1-880684-05-5.