Robert H. M. Davidson

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Robert H. M. Davidson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byWilliam J. Purman
Succeeded byStephen Mallory II
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
1856 – 1859
Member of the Florida Senate
In office
1860 – 1862
Personal details
BornSeptember 23, 1832
Near Quincy, Florida
DiedJanuary 18, 1908(1908-01-18) (aged 75)
Quincy, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
ProfessionLawyer, Politician
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Branch/service Confederate States Army
Years of service1862–1865
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Robert Hamilton McWhorta Davidson (September 23, 1832 – January 18, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Florida.[1]


Born near Quincy, Florida, Davidson attended the common schools and the Quincy Academy in Quincy, Florida. He studied law at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. He was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced practice in Quincy, Florida. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1856–1859. He served in the State senate 1860–1862. He retired from the State senate in 1862 and served during the Civil War in the Confederate States Army as captain of Infantry and later with rank of lieutenant colonel. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1865.[1]

Davidson was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1891). He served as chairman of the Committee on Railways and Canals (Forty-eighth through Fiftieth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress. He served as member of the State railroad commission in 1897 and 1898. Also member of the Florida Public Service Commission (July 1, 1897 - January 3, 1899).[2] He engaged in the practice of his profession until his death in Quincy, Florida, January 18, 1908. He was interred in Western Cemetery.[1]


  • United States Congress. "Robert H. M. Davidson (id: D000085)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


  1. ^ a b c "Davidson, Robert Hamilton McWhorta". United States Congress. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Portrait of U.S. Congressman Robert Hamilton McWhorta Davidson". State Library & Archives of Florida. Retrieved 23 September 2017.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 1st congressional district

1877 – 1891
Succeeded by