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DAVENPORT, William, philanthropist, born in Culpepper County, Virginia, 12 October 1770; died in Walnut Fountain, Caldwell County, N. C., 19 August 1859. About the close of the Revolutionary war he went with his father to what is now Mitchell County, N. C. He represented Burke County in the legislature in 1800, and was state senator in 1802. He was also justice of the peace, County surveyor, and a colonel of militia° Colonel Davenport was the chief founder of Davenport female College, at Lenoir, N.C. He married the widow of Major Charles Gordon, one of the heroes of King's Mountain.
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