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Davenport, George


Age: 0, credited to Williamstown, VT
Unit(s): Medical Examiner
Service: Medical Examiner of Recruits

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Birth: 12/28/1822, Williamstown, VT
Death: 04/24/1912

Burial: East Randolph Cemetery, Randolph, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 54776001


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not eligible
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None


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East Randolph Cemetery, Randolph, VT

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George Davenport, M. D., of East Randolph, is one of the oldest and most highly respected physicians of this section of the state. He was born in Wiliamstown, Vermont, December 28, 1822, a son of Amos and Laura (Stockwell) Davenport, and a direct descendant from Thomas Davenport, the immigrant ancestor, who emigrated from England, in 1640, to Dorchester, Massachusetts, where he reared a family of nine children.

Daniel Davenport, the paternal grandfather, of Dr. Davenport, was the father of Thomas Davenport, who invented and constructed the first electric motor machine in existence, receiving from the United States government the first patent issued granting liberty to use electricity as motive power, his principle being the same as that now in actual use on the electric railways. In 1835 he printed a newspaper, the power being furnished by electricity, and he really deserves the credit for the invention of the telegraph, as Morse got his ideas from him. There is a tradition in the family that Morse said, after Davenport's death, that the latter should have full credit for all that he did for perfecting the telegraph and receive full acknowledgment for the same, but it has never been done. It is known that Davenport claimed he could transmit a current of electricity a hundred miles as easily as he could a hundred feet, long before he became acquainted with Professor Morse. Davenport imagined he must have a wire for every letter of the alphabet, also for every figure, but Morse, by his invention of the telegraphic alphabet, made it practicable, and that made telegraphing complete. Thomas Davenport was a native of Williamstown, Vermont, but followed his trade of a blacksmith at Brandon. Vermont. He was considered one of the greatest inventors of his time, and his name was inscribed over the main entrance to the Electricity Building at the Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago. Illinois, in 1893. Amos Davenport, the Doctor's father, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and took part in the battle of Plattsburg.

George Davenport was educated in the common schools and at the Newbury (Vermont) Seminary. In 1844 he began reading medicine with Dr. S. H. Smith, at Brookfield, Vermont, after which he took three full courses of lectures at the Vermont Medical College, in Woodstock, receiving his degree from that institution on June 9, 1849. In winter of 1854-55 he further advanced his professional knowledge by taking a . post-graduate course at the University of the city of New York. Dr. Davenport began the practice of medicine in Brookfield, remaining there from 1840 until 1905, when he settled in East Randolph, where he built up a large and lucrative patronage. He has always taken an active part in political, literary and professional affairs, and has served with ability in many official positions. During the Civil war, in 1861 and 1862, he was medical examiner of recruits for the union army. From 1858 to 1862 he was postmaster at Brookfield; was town clerk and town treasurer of Brookfield in 1856, but declined a re-election to either office; and was school director of East Randolph in 1886 and 1889. For a number of years he was one of the directors of the Montpelier & White River Railroad Company. He was officially connected with 'The Patriot', a newspaper published in Montpelier, from 1850 until 1860, being editor a portion of that time.

Dr. Davenport is a member of the Vermont Historical Society, a prominent member of the Vermont Medical Society, and of the American Medical Association, which he served as a delegate to the convention held in San Francisco, California, in 1894. He has written papers of value on medical topics, one on "Vomiting in Pregnancy" being published in the Transactions of the Vermont Medical Society, in 1878; and another, "Puerperal Eclampsia," being published in the same, in 1895, and in the New York Journal of Gynecologv the same year.

Dr. Davenport married, July 3, 1851, Eleanor Smith, who was born September 7, 1830, in Randolph. Vermont, a daughter of Captain Samuel and Huldah (Peabody) Smith. Her father was a farmer by occupation, and for many years was captain of a company of local militia. Of the union of Dr. and Mrs. Davenport five children have been born, namely: Frank W.; Walter B., a machinist, residing at Minneapolis, Minnesota; Anna H., wife of A. G. Osgood, a merchant at East Randolph; George E., a physician at Bath, New Hampshire; and John P. The Doctor is a Democrat in politics, but, with the courage of his convictions, votes independent of party restrictions.

Source: Hiram Carleton; Genealogical and Family History of Vermont, Volume 2 p. 459

Thu, May 2, 1912 – 4 · Herald and News (Randolph, Vermont) ·