HENRY K. DAVIS - As a lawyer of the old school and an able referee in bankruptcy, Henry K. Davis has won an
enviable place among the members of his profession in The Bronx, while his civic activities have brought him unstinted
praise from his neighbors and local officials. Mr. Davis is a gentleman of rare degree whose hospitality among
his friends in days gone by has been the means of endearing him to a wide circle; he is a college graduate, member
of a leading fraternity, a home service "veteran" of the World War and valued member of the Republican
party. In all of his relationships with his fellow men, he has lived up to the name of a good citizen, the which
no one will dispute.
Henry K. Davis was born in Montgomery County, New York, and has lived in The Bronx nearly all of his life, his
parents having been Sewall S. and Mary J. (Waldron) Davis, his father a prominent man many years ago and his mother
likewise a representative of that early American stock whose attributes have united to form the sturdy citizenship
of the present generation. Mr. Davis attended the public schools and graduated from the Academic Department of
Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he joined the Delta Upsilon (non secret) Fraternity. On the conclusion
of his studies at New Brunswick he decided to take up the practice of law, and took the course at the New York
Law School, from which institution he was graduated in 1894 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. Upon passing the
examinations he was admitted to practice his profession before the New York courts, and began the work in the same
year. He made rapid progress; built up a large and appreciative clientele and was well rewarded financially in
the succeeding years up to 1923, when he was appointed United States Referee in Bankruptcy. Since that time he
has sat on some notable cases and has given general satisfaction.
Mr. Davis served as chairman of Local Draft Board No. 22 during the World War, and presided with unusual judgment
and ability, to the end that this board's activities went forward with a minimum of friction. At the conclusion
of this service he was warmly thanked by the Government for such a substantial contribution to the winning of the
war. As a Republican he has served as Bronx Parkway Commissioner, but he has never sought high office in his party,
contenting himself with voting and supporting the sterling principles of Republicanism.
In his profession, Mr. Davis is a member of The Bronx County Bar Association of which he was one of the organizers
and charter members and has served twice as president; the Bar Association of the City of New York; the New York
State Bar Association; and the American Bar Association. In club life he is a member of the Park Bepublican Club;
the National Republican Club and the Drug and Chemical Club. His religious affiliation is with the Dutch Reformed
church. In the work of fraternal orders, he has been prominent as a member of the Guiding Star Lodge of the Free
and Accepted Masons and the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Davis is also active in the preservation of campus memories
as a member of the Delta Upsilon, the Rutgers and the New York Law School Alumni associations, whose altar fires
are kept burning brightly by snch loyal spirits as Henry K. Davis.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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