Abraham Davenport

Abraham Davenport

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Death 20 Nov 1789 (aged 74)
Burial Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 33362149 · View Source
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"Appletons' cyclopaedia of American biography, Vol. II, New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1887"

"Davenport, Abraham, lawyer, b. in Stamford, Conn., in 1715; d. there 20 Nov., 1789, was graduated at Yale in 1732, and practised law in his native town. During the Revolution he was a staunch patriot, and served on the state committee of safety. He was a man of stern integrity and generous beneficence, and in times of scarcity and high prices sold the product of his farm to the poor at less than the current value. For some time he was a member of the executive council of Connecticut, for twenty five years he was a member of the state legislature, and state senator from 1766 till 1784. He also held the office of judge of the court of common pleas. When he was a member of the council in Hartford, on the dark day in 1780, it was proposed to adjourn, as some thought the day of judgment was at hand; but he objected, saying: "That day is either at hand or it is not: if it is not, there is no cause of adjournment; if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish, therefore, that candles may be brought."
From Graves (#47171280)


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  • Maintained by: Kay Cynova
  • Originally Created by: LF
  • Added: 28 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33362149
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abraham Davenport (6 Jun 1715–20 Nov 1789), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33362149, citing Northfield Cemetery, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Kay Cynova (contributor 47064119) .