Hereford, Frank & Davis, Henry G.

West Virginia 1877-81 US Senators, one the 1904 Democratic VP candidate

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Frank Hereford (1825-1891) West Virginia US Rep & Senator. Virginia-born, to California in 1849 and was district attorney of Sacramento County 1855-57. He moved to West Virginia and was elected as a Democrat to Congress, serving from March 4, 1871, until Jan. 31, 1877, when he resigned. He was elected to the US Senate Jan. 26, 1877, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Allen T. Caperton and served Jan. 31, 1877-Mar. 4, 1881. Henry G. Davis (1823-1916) Maryland-born self-made millionaire, West Virginia US Senator 1871–1883, 1904 Democratic nominee for Vice President. Davis began work for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a brakeman and conductor in 1843. Later he was put in charge of the Piedmont, West Virginia terminal of the railroad, and soon went into coal mining and banking in Piedmont. In 1865 he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates. In 1866, he founded the Potomac and Piedmont Coal and Railway Co., which was given the right to construct railroad grades in Mineral, Grant, Tucker & Randolph Counties. In 1871, he was elected to the Senate, serving 2 terms, his service ending in 1883. After his Senate service, Davis retired to Elkins, West Virginia, where he resumed banking and coal mining. Davis’ company controlled 135,000 acres, employed 1,600 men, operated 2 power plants, and worked over 1,000 coke ovens and 9 mines within a mile of the central office at Coketon in Tucker County. By 1892, the Davis Coal and Coke Company, a partnership between Davis and son-in-law Senator Stephen B. Elkins, was among the largest coal companies in the world. Davis represented the US at the 1889 & 1901 Pan-American Conferences. In 1904, Davis became the Democratic nominee for Vice President (with Alton B. Parker). At 80, Davis was (and is) the oldest person nominated for President or Vice President on a major party ticket. In his last years he acted as chairman of the permanent Pan American Railway Committee (1901–16) and also donated land to build Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. A bronze equestrian statue of Davis was erected in 1927 in Elkins in the Wees Historic District. 4 ¾ x 7 ¼ autograph album page signed by West Virginia’s ca. 1877-81 US Senators, each adding “W. Va” under their signatures.

Condition: Very good, slight pencil “Minn” at top mostly erased
Type:Signed Album Page






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