Thomas Davenport (congressman)

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Thomas Davenport
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1835
Preceded by George Tucker
Succeeded by Walter Coles
Chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835
Preceded by Thomas H. Hall
Succeeded by Sherman Page
Personal details
Born unknown
Halifax County, Virginia
Died November 17, 1838 (aged 59–60)
Meadville, Halifax County, Virginia
Political party Anti-Jacksonian (after 1825)
Other political
Jacksonian (before 1825)
Military service
Service/branch Virginia state militia
Rank Captain
Battles/wars War of 1812

Thomas Davenport (died November 17, 1838) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Halifax County, Virginia, where his parents were living by 1783, Davenport completed preparatory studies and received a license to operate as a merchant in Meadville, Virginia. He was a captain in the county militia during the War of 1812.

Davenport was elected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth through the Twenty-second Congresses and elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1835). He chaired the Committee on Public Expenditures (Twenty-third Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress. He died near Meadville, on November 17, 1838.


  • 1825; Davenport was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed.
  • 1827; Davenport was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1829; Davenport was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1831; Davenport was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1833; Davenport was re-elected with 51.04% of the vote, defeating Independents Benjamin W.S. Cabell and Oden G. Clay.
  • 1835; Davenport lost his bid for re-election.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Tucker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter Coles