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Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by William J. Purman
Succeeded by Stephen Mallory II
Member of the Florida House of Representatives

In office
1856 – 1859
Member of the Florida Senate

In office
1860 – 1862
Personal details
Born September 23, 1832
Near Quincy, Florida
Died January 18, 1908(1908-01-18) (aged 75)
Quincy, Florida
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession Lawyer, Politician
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Years of service 1862–1865
Rank Confederate States of America Lieutenant Colonel.png Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars American Civil War

Robert Hamilton McWhorta Davidson (September 23, 1832 – January 18, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Florida.[1]

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Born near Quincy, Florida, Davidson attended the common schools and the Quincy Academy in Quincy, Florida. He studied law at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. He was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced practice in Quincy, Florida. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1856-1859. He served in the State senate 1860-1862. He retired from the State senate in 1862 and served during the Civil War in the Confederate States Army as captain of Infantry and later with rank of lieutenant colonel. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1865.[1]

Davidson was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1891). He served as chairman of the Committee on Railways and Canals (Forty-eighth through Fiftieth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress. He served as member of the State railroad commission in 1897 and 1898. Also member of the Florida Public Service Commission (July 1, 1897 - January 3, 1899).[2] He engaged in the practice of his profession until his death in Quincy, Florida, January 18, 1908. He was interred in Western Cemetery.[1]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William J. Purman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 1st congressional district

1877 – 1891
Succeeded by
Stephen Mallory II

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