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John Madison DAVY

(1835-1909)

DAVY, John Madison, a Representative from New York; born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 29, 1835; moved to New York with his parents, who settled near Rochester, Monroe County, in 1835; attended the common schools and the Monroe Academy, East Henrietta, N.Y.; served in the Union Army during the Civil War as a first lieutenant in Company G, One Hundred and Eighth Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, in 1862 and 1863; studied law in Rochester; was admitted to the bar in 1863 and commenced practice in Rochester, N.Y.; district attorney of Monroe County 1868-1872; collector of customs for the port of Genesee from 1872 until his resignation in 1875; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law; elected justice of the supreme court of New York and served from January 1, 1889, until his retirement in 1905; again resumed the practice of law; died in Atlantic City, N.J., April 21, 1909; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N.Y.

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

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