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Arthur Powell Davis

Arthur Powell Davis, American civil engineer. member of the board of engrs. reporting on flood control in China, 1914; member joint conference on standard specifications for Portland cement, 5 years; Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, Washington Society Engineers (president 1907; member 1923).

Background

  • Davis, Arthur Powell was born on February 9, 1861 in Decatur, Illinois, United States. Son of John and Martha P. Davis.

  • Education

    • Graduated from State Normal School, Emporia, Kansas. Bachelor of Science, Columbian (now George Washington University, 1888, Doctor of Science, 1917. Doctor of Engineering, Iowa State College, 1920.

    Career

    • Topographer United States Geological Survey, 1884-1894, conducting surveys and explorations in Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Hydrographer in charge of all government stream measurements, 1895-1897. Hydrographer in charge hydrographic examination of Nicaragua and Panama canal routes, 1898-1901.

      Chief engineer, United States Reclamation Service, 1906-1914, director same, 1914-1923. Consulting engineer, Panama Canal, 1909. Examined and reported on irrigation in Puerto Rico, 1909.

      In Turkestan, 1911; member of the board of engrs. reporting on flood control in China, 1914. Construction engineering on many high dams. Member joint conference on standard specifications for Portland cement, 5 years.

      Technical adviser to the United States on Pecuniary Claims Arbitration, London, 1923. Chief engineer and general manager East Bay Municipal Utility District, Oakland, California, 1923-1929. Built large reservoir on Mokelumne River, aqueduct and tunnels, 95 miles long, now delivering mountain water to Oakland, San Francisco and eight other cities around San Francisco Bay.

      Chief construction engineering for irrigation projects in Turkestan and Transcaucasia 2 years.

    Works

    • Author: Irrigation Works Constructed by the United States Government, 1917.

    Membership

    Member of the board of engrs. reporting on flood control in China, 1914. Member joint conference on standard specifications for Portland cement, 5 years. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, Washington Society Engineers (president 1907.

    Member 1923).

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Brown, June 20, 1888 (died April.; married second, Marie MacNaughton, June 19, 1920. Children: Mistress.
    • father: John Davis
    • mother: Martha P. Davis
    • spouses: Elizabeth Brown
    • Marie MacNaughton
    • child: Mrs Davis
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    Born February 9, 1861
    Died August 7, 1933
    (aged 72)
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