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Robert Hamilton McWhorta DAVIDSON

(1832-1908)

DAVIDSON, Robert Hamilton McWhorta, a Representative from Florida; born near Quincy, Gadsden County, Fla., September 23, 1832; attended the common schools and the Quincy Academy in Quincy, Fla.; studied law at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.; was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced practice in Quincy, Fla.; member of the State house of representatives 1856-1859; served in the State senate 1860-1862; retired from the State senate in 1862 and served during the Civil War in the Confederate Army as captain of Infantry and later with rank of lieutenant colonel; member of the State constitutional convention in 1865; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1891); chairman, Committee on Railways and Canals (Forty-eighth through Fiftieth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; member of the State railroad commission in 1897 and 1898; engaged in the practice of his profession until his death in Quincy, Fla., January 18, 1908; interment in Western Cemetery.

Bibliography

Ivey, Donald J. “The Life and Times of Robert Hamilton McWhorter Davidson (A.D. 1832 - 1908): A Chronological Biography.” Privately printed, 1997.

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

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