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#TheHistoryProject - Henry Gassaway Davis - Captain of Industry, U.S. Senator, & V.P. Candidate


Americans love a good rags-to-riches story and few could rival that of Henry Gassaway Davis. Born into a meager merchant’s family, Davis worked his way up through the railroad and developed investments to build an empire, and joining the elite of Capitol Hill in Washington, founding many West Virginia towns and one of its beloved colleges.

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