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Thomas Beall Davis, Businessman and Politician, Papers

Collection Number: A&M.3197


Correspondence of businessman and politician Thomas Beall Davis (1828-1911), brother of Henry Gassaway Davis (1823-1916). Most of the letters and telegrams concern the lobbying efforts of individuals and organizations to influence Davis when he filled an unexpired term in the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress (June 6, 1905-March 3, 1907). There are many requests for appointments, discharges, and pensions. Also lobbying requests for interstate commerce requiring subsidies or regulations for matters of harbors, railways, and temperance. Mentioned are the West Virginia Anti-Saloon League; the West Virginia Board of Agriculture in support of the Grange; and a union of harbor pilots, the American Pilot Association. There is also a letter from I. C. White of the West Virginia Geological Survey protesting a proposed appropriations cut for the United States Geological Survey which would have limited its scope to only mapping public lands in the West. Also included is a biographical sketch of H. G. Davis up to 1909 which lists his charitable and philanthropic works. Also there is a blueprint map of Barbour County Century Coal Field showing watershed and railways, ca. 1900.


  • 1896-1913


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0.1 Linear Feet (Summary: 1 in. (1 folder))

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Thomas Beall Davis, Businessman and Politician, Papers, 1896-1913
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1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US