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James Henry DAVIDSON

(1858-1918)

DAVIDSON, James Henry, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Colchester, Delaware County, N.Y., June 18, 1858; attended the public schools and Walton (N.Y.) Academy; taught school in Delaware and Sullivan Counties, N.Y.; was graduated from the Albany Law School in 1884 and was admitted to the bar the same year; moved to Green Lake County, Wis., and commenced practice in Princeton in 1887; also taught school; elected district attorney of Green Lake County in 1888; chairman of the Republican congressional committee for the sixth district of Wisconsin in 1890; moved to Oshkosh, Wis., January 1, 1892, and continued the practice of law; appointed city attorney in May 1895 for two years; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1913); chairman, Committee on Railways and Canals (Fifty-sixth through Sixty-first Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress and for election in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; elected to the Sixty-fifth Congress and served from March 4, 1917, until his death in Washington, D.C., August 6, 1918; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh, Wis.

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

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