Cushman Kellogg Davis

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Cushman Davis
Portrait of Cushman Kellogg Davis.jpg
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
March 4, 1887 – November 27, 1900
Preceded by Samuel J. R. McMillan
Succeeded by Charles A. Towne
7th Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 7, 1874 – January 7, 1876
Lieutenant Alphonso Barto
Preceded by Horace Austin
Succeeded by John S. Pillsbury
Personal details
Born Cushman Kellogg Davis
(1838-06-16)June 16, 1838
Henderson, New York
Died November 27, 1900(1900-11-27) (aged 62)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laura Bowman (1st), Anna Malcom Agnew Fox (2nd)
Alma mater Carroll College
University of Michigan
Profession lawyer, soldier
Religion Episcopalianism
Military service
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1861–1862
Rank First Lieutenant
Unit 28th Regiment-Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

Cushman Kellogg Davis (June 16, 1838 – November 27, 1900) was an American politician who served as the seventh Governor of Minnesota from January 7, 1874 to January 7, 1876 and as a U.S. Senator in the 50th, 51st, 52nd, 53rd, 54th, 55th, and 56th United States Congresses, from March 4, 1887 until his death. Senator Davis served in the peace treaty talks that ended the Spanish–American War. He was a Republican.[1]


He was born in Henderson, New York, and went to Wisconsin Territory with his parents before he was a year old. His father, Horatio N. Davis, was a member of the Wisconsin State Senate.[2]

He went to school at Carroll College, and then the University of Michigan, graduating in 1857. Admitted to the bar in 1860, he soon after found himself serving in the American Civil War in the 28th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment, serving first as a lieutenant in charge of Company B of this volunteer regiment. He was in action in the western campaigns, then in 1864 as an aide to General Willis A. Gorman.[1]

His political career began with a term in the state house, in 1867. He died in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The cause of death was thought to be poisoning from aniline dyes in the socks he wore.[3]

Cushman Davis' sister Maria Janet Davis married South Dakota jurist and diplomat Bartlett Tripp.[4]


  1. ^ a b Chisholm 1911.
  2. ^ Political Graveyard
  3. ^ [1] "Poison pencils": Reading Eagle, 21 Feb 1901.
  4. ^ Who's Who in America, 1899–1900, Volume 1, entry "Bartlett Tripp"

 Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Davis, Cushman Kellogg". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Horace Austin
Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
John S. Pillsbury
United States Senate
Preceded by
Samuel J. R. McMillan
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Minnesota
Served alongside: Dwight M. Sabin, William D. Washburn
Knute Nelson
Succeeded by
Charles A. Towne