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Ira DAVENPORT

(1841-1904)

DAVENPORT, Ira, a Representative from New York; born in Hornellsville, Steuben County, N.Y., June 28, 1841; moved with his father to Bath, N.Y., in 1847; attended Haverling Academy, Bath, N.Y., and Russell Collegiate School, New Haven, Conn.; upon the death of his father in 1868 assumed the management of the large estate and business affairs; member of the State senate 1878-1881; comptroller of the State of New York 1881-1883; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1883; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of New York in 1885; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889); was not a candidate for renomination in 1888; retired; died in Bath, Steuben County, N.Y., October 6, 1904; interment in the family cemetery on his estate, “Riverside,” Bath, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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