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James DAVENPORT

(1758-1797)

DAVENPORT, James, (brother of John Davenport of Connecticut), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Stamford, Conn., October 12, 1758; was graduated from Yale College in 1777; served in the commissary department of the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War; judge of the court of common pleas; member of the State house of representatives 1785-1790; served in the State senate 1790-1797; judge of Fairfield County Court from 1792 until 1796; elected as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Hillhouse; reelected to the Fifth Congress and served from December 5, 1796, until his death in Stamford, Conn., August 3, 1797; interment in North Field (now Franklin Street) Cemetery.

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

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