Thomas Davenport (congressman)

Thomas Davenport ( * 1778 in Cumberland County, Virginia; † November 18, 1838 in Meadville, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1825 and 1835 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Davenport attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Meadville to work in this profession. He was a member of the Democratic- Republican Party. In the 1820s he joined the movement to the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson.

In the congressional elections of 1824 Davenport was in the sixth constituency of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of George Tucker on March 4, 1825. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1835 five legislative sessions. Since 1833 he was Chairman of the Committee for the control of public expenditure. Since the inauguration of President Jackson in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

Even Thomas Davenport, who was originally a supporter of Jackson, turned away from this and was before the election of 1832 a member of the opposition National Republican Party, which he represented in Congress 1833-1835. In 1834, he was not confirmed. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives to Davenport withdrew from politics. He died on November 18, 1838 near Meadville.