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Born near Madison, Florida, Mays attended the county schools, the public schools of Savannah, Georgia, and Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. He moved to Monticello, Florida, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1888. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1891, 1895, and 1897, serving as speaker in 1897. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1900 and 1904.
Mays was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses (March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1913). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1912. He returned to Monticello, Florida, and resumed agricultural pursuits. He died in Monticello, Florida, May 9, 1930. He was interred in Roseland Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Dannite H. Mays (id: M000289)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
William B. Lamar
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 3rd congressional district
1909 – 1913