Sen. Henry Gassaway Davis

Male 1823 - 1916  (92 years)


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  • Name Sen. Henry Gassaway Davis 
    Title Sen. 
    Born 16 Nov 1823  Woodstock, Howard, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1880  Piedmont, Mineral, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1900  Leadsville, Randolph, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 Mar 1916  Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • In 1865 Davis was elected a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. The following year, he founded the Potomac and Piedmont Coal and Railway Company with the intent of furnishing transportation to his coal mining and timbering interests. The company was given the right to construct railroads grades in Mineral, Grant, Tucker and Randolph Counties. He became a state senator in 1869. In 1871, he was elected to the United States Senate, serving two terms, with his service ending in 1883.

      Following his service in the Senate, Davis retired to Elkins, West Virginia, where he resumed banking and coal mining. Davis?s company now controlled 135,000 acres, employed 1,600 men of sixteen nationalities, operated two power plants, and worked over 1,000 coke ovens and 9 mines within one mile of the central office at Coketon in Tucker Co.. By 1892, the Davis Coal and Coke Company, a partnership between Davis and Senator Stephen Benton Elkins, was among the largest coal companies in the world.

      Davis represented the U.S. at the Pan-American Conferences of 1889 and 1901.

      In 1904, Davis became the Democratic nominee for Vice President on a ticket with Alton B. Parker. Parker and Davis lost to the Republican ticket of Theodore Roosevelt and Charles Fairbanks. At age 80, Davis was (and is) the oldest person to be nominated for President or Vice President on a major party ticket.

      In 1909, the wife of his son John T. Davis was aboard the White Star liner RMS Republic, when it collided with another ship and sank off Nantucket. Her children Hallie Elkins Davis and Henry Gassaway Davis II were with her. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_G._Davis)
    Person ID I13268  mytree
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 

    Father Caleb Dorsey Davis,   b. 7 Mar 1792, Woodstock, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1850, Howard, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Louisa Warfield Brown,   b. 10 Mar 1799, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1868  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 9 Mar 1819  [2
    Family ID F4933  Group Sheet

    Family Catherine Ann Sowers Bantz,   b. 22 Dec 1829, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1902, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 22 Feb 1853  Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Maria L. Davis,   b. 1853, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Louise Hallie Davis,   b. 19 Dec 1854, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1933  (Age 78 years)
     3. Catherine B. Davis,   b. 1856, Piedmont, Mineral, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1903, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     4. Anderson C. Davis,   b. 1859, Piedmont, Mineral, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Kate Davis,   b. 14 Jan 1865,   d. Jan 1903, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     6. Grace Thomas Davis,   b. 19 Oct 1870, Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931  (Age 60 years)
     7. Henry Gassaway Davis, Jr.,   b. 10 May 1871, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1896  (Age 25 years)
    +8. John Thomas Davis,   b. 1 Mar 1874, Piedmont, Mineral, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1935, Elkins, Randolph, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4954  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Nov 1823 - Woodstock, Howard, Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Feb 1853 - Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Piedmont, Mineral, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Leadsville, Randolph, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Mar 1916 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S74] Internet, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_G._Davis.

    2. [S118] Side-lights on Maryland History: With Sketches of Early Maryland Families, Hester Dorsey Richardson, (Name: Williams and Wilkins Co., 1913;), 302.


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