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Davis, Dwight Filleylocked

(05 July 1879–28 November 1945)
  • Keith D. McFarland


Davis, Dwight Filley (05 July 1879–28 November 1945), tennis player and U.S. secretary of war, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of John Tilden Davis, a dry goods merchant and banker, and Maria Jeanette Filley. The family’s financial success and public-mindedness made it a leader on the St. Louis business, education, and social scenes. Following preparatory school at Smith Academy in St. Louis, Davis attended Harvard University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1900. While in college, he gained national prominence as a singles and doubles tennis player. In his junior and senior years he was the runner-up in the U.S. men’s singles championship, and in those same two years and the year after he and his partner, ...

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