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George Royal DAVIS

(1840-1899)

DAVIS, George Royal, a Representative from Illinois; born in Palmer, Hampden County, Mass., January 3, 1840; completed classical studies at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass., and was graduated in 1860; studied law; entered the Union Army in July 1862 and served as captain in the Eighth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and as major in the Third Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteer Cavalry; engaged in manufacturing, the insurance business, and as financial agent at Chicago, Ill.; member of the State militia and senior colonel of the First Regiment, Illinois National Guard; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth, Forty-seventh, and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1885); was not a candidate for renomination in 1884; resumed his former business pursuits; served as treasurer of Cook County, Ill., 1886-1890; director general of the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893; died in Chicago, Ill., November 25, 1899; interment in Rosehill Cemetery.

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

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