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The Democratic State Convention, was held at Charlottesville, September 9 and 10, 1840.[1]



  • November 12Shots Fired: On the anniversary of the 1836 University of Virginia disturbance, professor John A. G. Davis was shot by a rioting student, later named as Joseph Semmes.[2] While a newspaper account at the time reported the wound was not mortal, Davis died two days later on November 14, 1840 at the age of 38. [3] Considered by some as the first U.S. campus shooting.[4]




  1. Web. Richmond Enquirer, September 04, 1840, retrieved Janaury 25, 2023.
  2. Web. Maybe UVa students need a new ethics, John Staige Davis IV, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 25 May 2010, retrieved 25 July 2012.
  3. Web. Painful Occurrence., Richmond Enquirer, Volume 37, Number 58 (Richmond, Virginia)
  4. Web. The first U.S. campus shooting struck U-Va. in 1840, November 14, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EST, retrieved January 16, 2023.

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