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Name:    Davis, Dwight
Profession:  Politician
Category:  Politics and Government
Born/Started:     Jul. 05, 1879
Died/Ended:     Nov. 28, 1945
Description:    Dwight Davis was a renowned tennis player and public official who helped draft St. LouisĀ“ City Charter and donated the "Davis Cup" as the prize for the annual international Davis Cup tennis tournament.

Born in St. Louis to a family of wealthy St. Louis merchants, Davis graduated from Harvard and Washington University Law School. An outstanding tennis player, he played in the 1904 Olympics held in St. Louis.

Davis held several public offices in St. Louis prior to serving in World War I. He was named secretary of war in 1925; four years later he succeeded Henry L Stimson as governor-general of the Phillipines. In World War II, Davis served in the army as a major general.

While serving as a member of the Civic League, Davis was a public parks advocate and one of the men who drafted the new city charter.

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