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Samuel Arza DAVENPORT

(1834-1911)

DAVENPORT, Samuel Arza, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Watkins, Schuyler County, N.Y., January 15, 1834; moved to Pennsylvania with his parents, who settled in Erie, Erie County, in 1839; attended the Erie Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1854; in 1855 was graduated from the Harvard Law School, and commenced the practice of his profession in Erie, Pa., the same year; elected district attorney for the county of Erie in 1860; owner and publisher of the Erie Gazette 1865-1890; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1888 and 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1901); was not a candidate for renomination in 1900; resumed the practice of law in the county, State, and Federal courts; also interested in the Erie Car Works, and in the manufacture of organs and boots and shoes; died in Erie, Erie County, Pa., on August 1, 1911; interment in Erie Cemetery.

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

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