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The Stamford Historical Society Presents

Portrait of a Family: Stamford through the Legacy of the Davenports

John Davenport
John Davenport
John Davenport
Abraham Davenport
John Davenport
Theodore Davenport
John Davenport

John Davenport

John Davenport 1840–1910

Having spent the greater part of his youth at his father’s firm, the Stillwater Company, John acquired considerable knowledge of foundry work, which he utilized in operating the Davenport & Treacy Company. In the post Civil War era, ownership of a piano was considered to be a reflection of a family’s status in society. Even those of modest means sought to have one in their home. Hundreds of piano companies were formed as its popularity surged. Aware of the demand for these instruments, John Davenport directed his company’s focus mainly on the production of piano plates. It is to these huge, gilded, cast iron casings that the strings are mounted, which when struck by felt headed hammers, produces the sound. The firm was originally founded in New York City in 1868, removed to Jersey City in 1872 and incorporated in 1876. It remained there until moving to Stamford in 1887, where a new foundry and other structures were erected. Davenport & Treacy became the largest producer of piano plates in the United States.

In addition, John Davenport was treasurer of the Blickensderfer Typewriter Company, a director of the First National Bank of Stamford, and a member of the City Board of Apportionment. He died at his home located at Bay Point, Stamford, in September 1910 and was survived by his wife Helen Gautier Davenport.

On display in the exhibit:

Davenport Home at Bay Point, c. 1891

Davenport Home at Bay Point
Picturesque Stamford, 1892

The Davenport & Treacy Company

Davenport and Treacy Company, c. 1892
Picturesque Stamford, 1892


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(Francis J. Bremer)

Davenports gather to launch exhibit at Historical Society

Elizabeth Davenport Spence 1907-1998
(The Benefactress)

John Davenport 1597-1669/70
(The Founder)
John Davenport 1669-1730/31
Abraham Davenport 1715-1789
James Davenport 1716-1755
John Davenport 1752-1830
James Davenport 1758-1797
Theodore Davenport 1792-1884
Theodore Davenport Jr. 1834-1913
John Davenport 1840-1910
Abraham Davenport 1767-1837
Amzi Benedict Davenport 1817-1894
Benjamin Butler Davenport 1871-1958
Noah Welles 1718-1776
Galen Carter 1832-1893
Samuel Fessenden 1847-1908
Charles Henry Crandall 1858-1923
Charles Davenport Lockwood 1877-1949

Davenport Coat of Arms
Davenport Homestead

The Dark Day