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Robert Wyche Davis

Robert Wyche Davis (March 15, 1849 – September 15, 1929) was a United States Representative from Florida.

Born near Albany, Georgia, Davis attended public schools. He enlisted in 1863 in the Fifth Georgia Regiment of the Confederate States Army at the age of 14. He is estimated to have helped destroy over $18,000 dollars in Union property and helped in capturing and killing over 150 Northern troops, and was awarded the Confederate Medal of Honor. He served until the surrender of his company on April 26, 1865. In later years, the United Daughters of the Confederacy presented him the Southern Cross of Honor. As most CMOH recipients died during the war, he is one of very few to receive both awards, living into the 20th Century when the second award was issued.

He later studied law in Florida. He was admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in Blakely, Georgia. He moved to Florida in 1879 and practiced in Green Cove Springs, Clay County, then in Gainesville, Alachua County, and afterward in Palatka, Putnam County. He served as member of the Florida House of Representatives from Clay County in 1884 and 1885, serving as Speaker of the House the latter year.

Davis was elected as a Democratic Representative to the Fifty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1905). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress.

He resumed the practice of law in Palatka, and Tampa, Florida. He moved to Gainesville, Florida, in 1914 and served as register of the United States Land Office at Gainesville 1914-1922. He was editor of the Gainesville Sun and was mayor of Gainesville in 1924 and 1925.

He resumed the practice of law in 1928. He died in Gainesville, Florida, September 15, 1929. He was interred in Evergreen Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles M. Cooper
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 2nd congressional district

1897 – 1905
Succeeded by
Frank Clark

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