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Henry Gassaway Davis

Henry Gassaway Davis, American senator. Member House of Delaware, West Virginia, 1865, Senate, 1868-1871; member United States Permanent Pan-American Railway Committee Democratic nominee for Vice-President of the United States, 1904.

Background

  • Davis, Henry Gassaway was born on November 16, 1823 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Son of Caleb and Louisa (Brown) Davis.

  • Education

    • Educated at county schools, but being left fatherless went to work young.

    Career

    • Judge Gideon Bantz, of Frederick, Maryland., 1853. Father-in-law of late Stephen B. Elkins. Became superintendent of a plantation, then brakeman, conductor, and later agent at Piedmont, West Virginia, of the Bang and Olufsen R.R.

      Later merchant and a leading collier. Projected and carried on to success the West Virginia Central & Pittsburgh Railway, which was sold to the Wabash, 1902. Then built the Coal & Coke Railway of West Virginia, of 200 miles, of which is president.

      Also president Davis Trust Company of Elkins, etc.

    Membership

    Member House of Delaware, West Virginia, 1865, Senate, 1868-1871. Member United States Permanent Pan-American Railway Committee Democratic nominee for Vice-President of the United States, 1904.

    Connections

    • Married Kate A., d.
    • father: Caleb Davis
    • mother: Louisa (Brown) Davis
    • spouse: Kate A.
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    Born November 16, 1823
    Died March 11, 1916
    (aged 92)
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