Franklin Davenport

Franklin Davenport
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1799  March 3, 1801
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by William Wright
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
December 5, 1798  March 4, 1799
Preceded by John Rutherfurd
Succeeded by James Schureman
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born September 1755
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died July 27, 1832(1832-07-27) (aged 76)
Woodbury, New Jersey
Political party Federalist

Franklin Davenport (September 1755  July 27, 1832) was a Federalist Party United States Senator and US Representative from New Jersey.


Davenport was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his uncle was Benjamin Franklin. He received an academic education; studied law in Burlington, New Jersey; admitted to the New Jersey State Bar in 1776 and commenced practice in Gloucester City, New Jersey. He was the clerk of Gloucester County Court in 1776; during the American Revolutionary War he enlisted as a private in the New Jersey Militia, later becoming brigade major, then brigade quartermaster, and in 1778 assistant quartermaster for Gloucester County. he was appointed colonel in the New Jersey Militia in 1779 and subsequently major general, which rank he held until his death; prosecutor of pleas in 1777.

New Jersey

He moved to Woodbury, New Jersey in 1781 and continued the practice of law; appointed first surrogate of Gloucester County in 1785; member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1786–1789; colonel in the New Jersey Line during the Whiskey Insurrection of 1794; appointed brigadier general of Gloucester County Militia in 1796; appointed to the United States Senate as a Federalist to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Rutherfurd, and served from December 5, 1798, to March 4, 1799, when a successor was elected and qualified.

Elected to the Congress

He was elected to the Sixth United States Congress from the southern district (March 4, 1799 – March 4, 1801); was defeated for reelection in 1800 running on the statewide Federalist ticket ; resumed the practice of law; appointed master in chancery in 1826; died in Woodbury, Gloucester County, N.J.; interment in Presbyterian Cemetery in north Woodbury, New Jersey.


United States Senate
Preceded by
John Rutherfurd
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
Served alongside: Richard Stockton
Succeeded by
James Schureman
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1799-March 3, 1801
Succeeded by
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