Biography of Dr. Howard H. Davis
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

HOWARD HUBBELL DAVIS, M. D. The professional career of Doctor Davis at Cleveland has been one of real distinction. He took up active practice here about ten years ago, and was soon known for his competent ability both as a physician and surgeon. He was one of the first medical officers to go abroad, was in active service nearly two years, and has a distinguished service cross from the American Government.

He is the only child of the late Dr. Frederick W. Davis, one of the early physicians and surgeons on the West Side of Cleveland. His father was born in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, July 14, 1853, son of William S. and Maria E. (Widmer) Davis. William S. Davis was of Welsh parentage and was born at Boston, September 25, 1825. His wife was born in Switzerland, in 1827. Both of them lived out their lives in New England. William S. Davis served in both the army and the navy during the Civil war. Frederick W. Davis came to Cleveland in 1872, when nineteen years of age. While employed as clerk in the office of superintendent of the Lake Shore Railway he read medicine, subsequently took regular courses in the medical department of Western Reserve University, and was graduated Doctor of Medicine in 1882. In the same year he began practice on Pearl Street, now West Twenty fifth Street, and for thirty years performed the varied routine of duties involved in a successful professional career. He died August 15, 1912. In 1876 Dr. Frederick W. Davis married Hannah M. Hubbell, who survives him. She was born near Berea. in Cuyahoga County, daughter of Oliver C. and Harriet Hubbell. Her father was born at Newburg, now a part of Cleveland, in 1818. The Hubbell were among the pioneers of Cuyahoga County. Oliver C. Hubbell was a farmer in early life and later a teacher of penmanship and art. In 1862 he moved to Cleveland. and died in that city May 21, 1890. His wife was born in England in 1822, and came with her parents from Philadelphia to Ohio in 1848, the family making this journey by wagon. At the time of their deaths, Oliver Hubbell and wife were the oldest members of the Franklin Avenue Christian Church.

Howard Hubbell Davis was born on the West Side in Cleveland, April 18, 1883. As a boy he attended the Kentucky Street School, graduated from the West High School in 1902, was a student for three years in Adelbert College, and with a year of residence at the University of Michigan received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He took his medical degree from Western Reserve University in 1910. This preparation for his life work was followed by service as house physician in the German Hospital of Cleveland and post graduate work in Harvard Medical School. He then began practice at 1730 West Twenty fifth Street, and has continued in that one locality ever since.

June 20, 1917, Doctor Davis was commissioned first lieutenant in the medical corps. He was ordered to Washington on the 9th of August, and there was given orders to report to the English Army in Englanu for duty. He arrived in England August 28, was attached to the Twelfth Sherwood Foresters, landed in France September 27, and continued on duty with that unit until March 23, 1918. At that date he was wounded during the great British retreat, and for more than a year was in the hospital either as a patient or on such duty as his strength permitted. He was ordered home, arriving in the United States June 3, 1919, was mustered out at Pittsburgh July 3, and as soon as possible resumed private practice at Cleveland. His disabilities prevented him from becoming a member of the Medical Reserve Corps.

An abstract of general orders of the British army reads as follows:

"First Lieutenant Davis, medical corps, attached to the Twelfth Sherwood Foresters: On January 8, 1918, Templeux Quarries, France, he entered a dugout which had been caved in by the enemy shell fire and administered to the wounded. Although the dugout was under heavy shell fire he performed an operation for amputations of a leg and thereby saved a soldier's life." For this he was cited and received the Distinguished Service Cross. This was the first award received by an American in the war.

A very busy professional man, Doctor Davis has also given much attention to civic affairs. He is chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry. He is affiliated with Halcyon Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, a past chancellor commander of West Shore Lodge, Knights of Pythias, is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta and the Phi Beta Phi college fraternity and the Franklin Circle Church of Christ (Disciple). He is a member of the American and Ohio State Medical associations and the Cleveland Academy of Medicine. He is also a member of the Veteran Foreign War and the American Legion.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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