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Davis, Henry winter, 1817-1865 Legislator; born in Annapolis, Md., Aug. 16, 1817; graduated at Kenyon College in 1837; elected to Congress as a Whig in 1854, and at the dissolution of that party joined the American or Know-nothing party, and was re-elected to Congress in 1858. At the outbreak of the Civil War he announced himself in favor of an unconditional Union while a candidate for re-election to Congress. He was overwhelmingly defeated, but in 1863 was reelected. Although representege in 1837; elected to Congress as a Whig in 1854, and at the dissolution of that party joined the American or Know-nothing party, and was re-elected to Congress in 1858. At the outbreak of the Civil War he announced himself in favor of an unconditional Union while a candidate for re-election to Congress. He was overwhelmingly defeated, but in 1863 was reelected. Although representing a slave State, Senator Davis was a strong antislavery advocate. He died in Baltimore, Md., Dec. 30, 1865.