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Cushman Kellogg Davis

Cushman Kellogg DavisBorn: 16-Jun-1838
Birthplace: Henderson, NY
Died: 27-Nov-1900
Location of death: St. Paul, MN
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor and Senator from Minnesota

Military service: Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (1st Lt., 28th Regiment, 1861-62)

The American politician and lawyer Cushman Kellogg Davis was born in Henderson, New York, on the 16th of June 1838. He was taken by his parents to the Wisconsin Territory in the year of his birth, and was educated at Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin, and at the university of Michigan, from which he graduated in 1857. After studying law in the office of Alexander W. Randall, he was admitted to the bar in 1860. During the Civil War, as a first lieutenant of Federal volunteers, he served in the western campaigns of 1862 and 1863, and in 1864 was an aide to General Willis A. Gorman (1814-76). Resigning his commission (1864) on account of ill-health, he soon settled in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he practiced law In partnership with General Gorman, and soon became prominent both at the bar and, as a Republican, in politics. He served in the state House of Representatives in 1867, and in 1868-73 was United States District Attorney for Minnesota. In 1874-1876 he was Governor of Minnesota, and from 1887 until his death was a member of the United States Senate. In the Senate he was one of the acknowledged leaders of his party, an able and frequent speaker and a committee worker of great industry. In March 1897 he became chairman of the committee on foreign relations at a time when its work was peculiarly influential in shaping American foreign policy. His extensive knowledge of international law, and his tact and diplomacy, enabled him to render services of the utmost importance in connection with the Spanish-American War, and he was one of the peace commissioners who negotiated and signed the treaty of Paris by which the war was terminated. He died at St. Paul on the 27th of November 1900. Few public men in the United States since the Civil War have combined skill in diplomacy, constructive statesmanship, talent for political organization, oratorical ability and broad culture to such a degree as Senator Davis. In addition to various speeches and public addresses, he published an essay entitled The Law of Shakespeare, in 1899.

Father: Horatio N. Davis
Mother: Clarissa F. Cushman
Wife: Laura Bowman
Wife: Anna Malcom Agnew

    University: Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
    University: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1857)

    US Senator, Minnesota (4-Mar-1887 to 27-Nov-1900, his death)
    Governor of Minnesota (1874-76)
    US Attorney District of Minnesota (1868-73)
    State House of Representatives Minnesota (1867)


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