Norristown Area High School

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Judge Horace A. Davenport

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Law - Inducted 1979

Post High School Achievements and Distinctions

After receiving his law degree in 1950, he began his law practice with Herbert C. Nelson, the first black man to serve in the Montgomery County Bar Association. He became a founder and partner in the firm of Gerber, Davenport and Wilenzik in Norristown, PA.

He was appointed Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County in 1955.

He was elected Judge of Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in 1975, becoming its first black member. In 1985 he successfully ran for retention to a second 10 year term. He became a senior judge in 1989 when he was forced to retire from his full-time post on his 70th birthday.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1941 at the time he was attending college and served during World War II from 1941-1945. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Pacific Theater, including tours of Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal.

High School Activities

Member of the Football and Track teams.

Post High School Education and Activities

Attended Johnson C. Smith College, Charlotte, NC for 3 1/2 years. Graduated Howard University, Washington, D.C. with B.A. Degree, 1946. Received a master degree in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1947. Earned L.L.B. Degree (now S.D.), University of Pennsylvania, 1950.


Served as Director of the Norristown Art League and the Salvation Army; past member of the Norristown School Board; Solicitor to the merged Norristown Area School District from 1966-1975 as well as to other educational and political organizations.

President of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association, 1973.

Director of the Norristown Branch of the American Red Cross.

He holds membership in the Johnson Fisher Post, VFW, and a Washington, D.C. post of the American Legion.

He is active in Republican politics and various phases of the Montgomery Bar Association's work and also that of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is a member of the Banisters Law Club of Philadelphia.

He is a member and solicitor of Siloam Baptist Church, Norristown, PA.

He resides with his wife Alice in West Norriton Township; they are the parents of three daughters and a son.

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