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"Harwell G. Davis: Alabama Statesman and Baptist Leader": typescript

Identifier: W-0004

Scope and Contents

This a typescript of Susan Hunt Ingram Ray's Auburn University master's thesis on Harwell G. Davis, statesman and sixteenth president of Howard College.


  • 1996


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Biographical / Historical

Harwell G. Davis was born near Nicholsville, Alabama, on 23 November 1882. He graduated from The University of Alabama law school in 1903 and practiced in Tallassee and Gadsden. In 1916, he was appointed First Assistant Attorney General of Alabama. He stepped down in 1917 to enlist as an infantry officer in the 82nd Division. He served in World War I, where he was appointed to the rank of major, wounded in action, and received a citation for gallantry. Upon returning in 1919, he became judge advocate in the Alabama National Guard. In 1921, he was appointed attorney general to complete the term of James Q. Smith and was elected for a four-year term in 1923.

In 1938, Davis became President of Howard College, which would later become Samford University. During his time in office, the college relocated to a new, larger campus, increased enrollment, and improved financial stability. During World War II, Davis introduced the Civilian Pilot Training Program and the V-12 Navy College Training Program to boost student numbers during wartime. He served until 1958, making him the third-longest serving president.

Davis died on 5 August 1977.


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Typescript of Susan Hunt Ingram Ray's master's thesis on Harwell G. Davis.

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama


Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Related Materials

Other materials on Harwell G. Davis are located at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.

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Martha Bace and Donnelly Walton, 2013



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