Samuel Arza Davenport

Samuel Arza Davenport ( * January 15, 1834 in Watkins, New York, † August 1, 1911 in Erie, Pennsylvania ) was an American politician. Between 1897 and 1901 he represented the State of Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives.


1839 Samuel Davenport came with his parents to Erie, where he later attended the Erie Academy. After a subsequent law degree from Harvard University and his admission to the bar he began in 1855 to work in Erie in this profession. In 1860 he was elected district attorney in Erie County. Between 1865 and 1890 he was the owner and publisher of the newspaper Erie Gazette. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. In the years 1888 and 1892 he was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in part, on each of which Benjamin Harrison was nominated as a presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1896 Davenport was in the then state-wide 29 electoral district of Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of George Franklin Huff on March 4, 1897. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1901 two legislative sessions. During this time, including the Spanish-American War of 1898 fell. In 1900 renounced Davenport on another Congress candidate. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. In addition, he was still active as an organ builder and a shoemaker. He died on 1 August 1911 in Erie, where he was also buried.