James Davenport (Connecticut politician)
James Davenport (October 12, 1758 – August 3, 1797) was an eighteenth-century American lawyer, politician and judge. He served as a U.S. Representative from Connecticut.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Connecticut's At-large district
December 5, 1796 – August 3, 1797
|Preceded by||Nathaniel Smith|
|Succeeded by||Samuel W. Dana|
|Member of the Connecticut Senate|
|Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives|
|Born||October 12, 1758|
Stamford, Connecticut Colony, British America
|Died||August 3, 1797 (aged 38)|
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Abigail Fitch Davenport and Mehitable Coggshall Davenport|
|Relations||James Davenport and John Davenport|
|Children||Elizabeth Coggshall Davenport, Abigail Fitch Davenport, Mary Ann Davenport and Frances Louise Davenport|
|Parents||Abraham Davenport and Elizabeth (Huntington) Davenport|
|Alma mater||Yale College|
|Occupation||Lawyer, Judge, Politician|
Davenport was born in Stamford in the Connecticut Colony, the son of Abraham Davenport, and Elizabeth (Huntington) Davenport. He graduated from Yale College in 1777. He served in the commissary department of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. He served as judge of the court of common pleas and was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1785 to 1790. Davenport served in the Connecticut State Senate from 1790 to 1797, and was a member of the Connecticut council of assistants from 1790 to 1796.
He was a judge of the Fairfield County Court from 1792 until 1796. He was elected as a Federalist candidate to the Fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Hillhouse, and was reelected to the Fifth Congress. Davenport served in Congress from December 5, 1796, until his death in Stamford on August 3, 1797.
Davenport married Abigail Fitch on May 7, 1780. They had one daughter together, Elizabeth Coggshall Davenport. Davenport married his second wife Mehitable Coggshall on November 6, 1790. Davenport had three daughters with Mehitable, Abigail Fitch Davenport, Mary Ann Davenport and Frances Louise Davenport.
According to the 1790 Census, Davenport was the owner of 10 slaves, making him one of the largest slaveholders in Fairfield County at the time.
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