James S. Davenport

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James S. Davenport
James S. Davenport (OKlahoma).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 3rd district
In office
November 16, 1907 – March 3, 1909
Preceded by District Created
Succeeded by Charles E. Creager
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1915
Preceded by Charles E. Creager
Succeeded by Charles D. Carter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1917
Preceded by Bird Segle McGuire
Succeeded by Thomas Alberter Chandler
Personal details
Born (1864-09-21)September 21, 1864
Gaylesville, Alabama
Died January 3, 1940(1940-01-03) (aged 75)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Political party Democratic

James Sanford Davenport (September 21, 1864 – January 3, 1940) was a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma and a member of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. He served on the Congressional committee that created the first roads and highways committee in the U.S. House.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born on a farm near Gaylesville, Alabama, Davenport moved with his parents to Conway, Arkansas, in 1880. He attended the common schools, Vilona (Arkansas) High School, and Greenbrier (Arkansas) Academy. He studied law.

He was admitted to the bar of Faulkner County on February 14, 1890, and commenced practice in Conway. In October of that year, Davenport moved to Muskogee, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), and in 1893 to Vinita, where he engaged in the practice of law.

Political career[edit]

He served as member of the Territorial council 1897-1901, serving as speaker the last two years of his term. He was one of the attorneys for the Cherokee Nation from 1901-1907. He served as mayor of Vinita in 1903 and 1904.

Davenport was elected as a Democrat to the 60th Congress on September 17, 1907, and served from November 16, 1907, when Oklahoma was admitted as a State into the Union, until March 3, 1909. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1908 to the 61st Congress.

Davenport was elected to the 62nd, 63rd, and 64th Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1917). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916 to the 65th Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Vinita. He was elected judge of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in November 1926.

Death[edit]

He was reelected in 1932 and served until his death in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January 3, 1940. He was interred in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, Oklahoma.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanneman, Carolyn G., "Davenport, James Sanford (1840-1940)," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed May 27, 2010).

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
District Created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district

1907-1909
Succeeded by
Charles E. Creager
Preceded by
Charles E. Creager
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district

1911-1915
Succeeded by
Charles D. Carter
Preceded by
Bird Segle McGuire
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st congressional district

1915-1917
Succeeded by
Thomas Alberter Chandler