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George Willets Davison

George Willets Davison, American banker. Decorated Chevalier Legion of Honor (France), 1932. Member board trustees Wesleyan University; Member of New York State Bar Association, Alpha Delta Phi, Phi Delta Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa.

Background

  • Davison, George Willets was born on March 25, 1872 in Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, United States. Son of Robert A. and Emeline (Sealey) Davison.

  • Education

    • Wilbraham Academy, Massachusetts. Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, 1892. Bachelor of Laws, New York University, 1894.

      Doctor of Laws, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1912. Doctor of Laws, Williams College, 1932, New York University, 1946.

    Career

    • Practiced law, 1894-1912. Vice president Central Trust Company of New York, 1912-1918. Vice president Central Union Trust Company of New York, 1918-1919, pres, 1919.

      President The Hanover Bank, New York City, 1929-1933, chairman board, 1933-1939, honorary chairman since Jan 1939. Director Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1933-1938. Chairman of the Board New Jersey, Indiana & Illinois R.R.

      Director New York Clearing House Building Company, Fidelity & Casualty Company, Virginia Railway, Ann Arbor R.R., United Fruit Company, Union Carbide & Carbon Corporation, Chrysler Corporation, Continental Insurance Company Assistant district attorney Queens County, New York, 1887-1899, district attorney 1899. Member and secretary commission to revise charter of Greater New York, 1900. Chairman commission making study of banking laws of New York, 1929.

      Chairman advisory committee for New York Loan Agency of Reconstruction Finance Corporation, February 11, 1932-April 17, 1933. Member Federal Advisory Council to represent 2d Federal Reserve District, January, 1933-May, 1933. Chairman Clearing House Committee, 1932-1933.

      President New York Clearing House Association, 1933-1935.

    Politics

    God, who is heard throughout the Bible, calls for justice for the widows, orphans and aliens who were oppressed by the powers of the day. Therefore the involvement in political life is something that Christians should not avoid.

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    Through Jesus' death on the cross, and his resurrection, the power of evil in the world is broken.

    Denomination: Methodist

    Views

    A true Christian should help those in need, regardless of religious affiliation.

    Membership

    Member board trustees Wesleyan University. Member of New York State Bar Association, Alpha Delta Phi, Phi Delta Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: University, Grolier.

    Connections

    • Married Harriet R. Baldwin, April 24, 1895.
    • father: Robert A. Davison
    • mother: Emeline (Sealey) Davison
    • spouse: Harriet R. Baldwin
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    Born March 25, 1872
    Died June 16, 1953
    (aged 81)
    Nationality

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