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Henry Gassaway Davis

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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.