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DAVENPORT, Franklin, senator, born in Philadelphia, Pa.; died in Woodbury, New Jersey, about 1829. He received an academic education, and, after studying law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Woodbury. During the Revolutionary war he served as captain of the artillery in Colonel Newcomb's New Jersey brigade, and for some time was under Colonel Samuel Smith in Fort Mifflin. He was a colonel in the New Jersey line during the whiskey insurrection in 1794, and marched with the troops to Pittsburgh. Subsequently he became the first surrogate of Gloucester County, and was appointed U. S. senator to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Rutherford, serving from 19 December 1798, till 3 March1799. He was then sent to congress, and served through the entire term from 2 December 1799, till 3 March 1801.
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