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Arthur Powell Davis

civil engineer

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