Davis, Cushman Kellogg, 1838-1900

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Cushman Kellogg Davis, a Senator from Minnesota, was born in Henderson, Jefferson County, N.Y., on June 16, 1838. He moved with his parents to Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he attended the public schools, Carroll College in Waukesha, and graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1857. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Waukesha. He moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1865 and became a member of the State house of representatives ine 1867, then served as United States district attorney from 1868 to 1873. He served as Governor of Minnesota from 1874 to 1875, then was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1886. He was reelected in 1892 and again in 1898, and served from March 4, 1887, until his death on November 27, 1900.

From the description of Davis, Cushman Kellogg, 1838-1900 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10568552

Cushman Kellogg Davis relocated with his family from New York state to Waukesha, Wisc., as a young boy. After graduation from the University of Michigan in 1857 he studied law and opened a practice in his home town. Commissioned first lieutenant in the 28th Wisconsin Infantry in 1862, Davis's Civil War career included service as judge-advocate and adjutant-general on the staff of Gen. Willis Gorman. In 1864 he returned to Wisconsin, married, and relocated to St. Paul, Minn., to join his former commanding officer in law practice.

Davis's political career began with 1867 election to the state legislature, and he subsequently served as United States district attorney from 1868 to 1873. Though a Republican, Davis supported the Granger movement, speaking out against business abuses by the railroads, and gaining a reputation that won him the governor's seat in 1873 due to his influence over the Granger vote. Losing a bid for U.S. Senator in 1875, he settled back into legal work until 1887, when a successful Senate race resurrected his political career. Davis served in the Senate, keeping a law practice on the side, for the rest of his life.

As a Senator he concentrated on committee work and focused primarily on pensions and foreign relations. He went to Paris as a peace commissioner following the Spanish American War, and used the position to advance American expansionism. Although his early political career had been characterized by anti-monopoly and pro-agriculture sentiments, Davis came to espouse the basic ideals of the Republican party, though moderated by a sympathy for farmers in his agricultural state. He was an ardent imperialist, an advocate of strict law and order in the face of labor unrest, and a tariff advocate. An early marriage, to Laura Bowman of Waukesha, ended in divorce, and in 1880 Davis married Anna Malcolm Agnew of St. Paul. They had no children.

From the guide to the Cushman K. Davis papers, Davis, Cushman K., 1886-1900, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Jackson, Joseph Ansgar, 1868-1938. Joseph A. Jackson and family papers, 1892-1940. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
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creatorOf Chambers, Alexander, 1803-1876. Chambers and Johnson family papers, 1827-1942. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
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creatorOf Cross, Judson Newell, 1838-1901. Judson Newell Cross papers, 1861-1907. Minnesota Historical Society Library
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creatorOf Bricklayers, Masons and Cement Blocklayers Union. Local No. 1 (Saint Paul, Minn.). Local No. 1 records, 1882-1950. Minnesota Historical Society Library
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creatorOf Dunnell, Mark H. (Mark Hill), 1861-1882. Mark H. Dunnell papers, 1861-1882. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Davis, Cushman Kellogg, 1838-1900,. Autograph letter signed from Cushman Kellogg Davis, Washington, D.C., to L. L. Lawrence [manuscript], 1893 October 27. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers. 1789 - 1999. Letters Received
creatorOf Cushman K. Davis papers, Davis, Cushman K., 1886-1900 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
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referencedIn Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber of Commerce records, 1859-1950. Minnesota Historical Society Library
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Birth 1838-06-16

Death 1900-11-27

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