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Robert Wyche DAVIS

(1849-1929)

DAVIS, Robert Wyche, a Representative from Florida; born near Albany, Lee County, Ga., March 15, 1849; attended the common schools; enlisted in 1863 in the Fifth Georgia Regiment of the Confederate Army, and served until the surrender of his company on April 26, 1865; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in Blakeley, Ga.; moved to Florida in 1879 and practiced in Green Cove Springs, Clay County, then in Gainesville, Alachua County, and afterward in Palatka, Putnam County; member of the State house of representatives from Clay County in 1884 and 1885, serving as speaker the latter year; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1905); was not a candidate for renomination in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Palatka, and Tampa, Fla.; moved to Gainesville, Fla., in 1914 and served as register of the United States land office at Gainesville 1914-1922; editor of the Gainesville Sun; served as mayor of Gainesville in 1924 and 1925; resumed the practice of law in 1928; died in Gainesville, Fla., September 15, 1929; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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