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Sessions Office Position District Party
1860 Representative Republican
1861 Representative Speaker Republican
1866 Representative Republican
1867 Representative Republican
1868 Representative Speaker Republican
1869 Representative Republican
1870 Representative Republican
1879-1880 Representative Republican
Counties Mercer, Philadelphia, Venango


09/08/1828 - 02/13/1887

Mercer and Venango Counties (1860-1861), Philadelphia County (1866-1870, 1879-1880)

DAVIS, Elisha W., a Representative from Mercer, Venango and Philadelphia Counties; born, September 8, 1827 in Slippery Rock, Butler County, Pa.; lieutenant colonel, 121st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (1862-1863, Civil War); teacher; lawyer; engaged, iron manufacturing; elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a Republican in 1859 and 1860; reelected to the House in 1865, 1866, 1867, 1868, 1869, 1870 and 1878; elected, Speaker (1861, 1868); elected, Pennsylvania State Senate (1872-1876); elected, President Pro Tempore (1875-1876); elected, Colorado House of Representatives (1883-1884); elected, Speaker of the Colorado House (1883-1884); appointed, Uintah agent, United States Department of the Interior (1883-1885); died, February 13, 1887 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interred, Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

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