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Posey Oliver Davis

educator , executive , writer.

Posey Oliver Davis, American educator, executive, writer. awarded medal and certificate by American Farm Bureau Federation for distinguished service to American agriculture.


Davis, Posey Oliver was born on August 15, 1890 in Athens, Alabama, United States. Son of Richard Scoggins and Malinda Elizabeth (Barker) Davis.


Bachelor of Science, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1916.


Teacher public schools, 1909-1912. Horticulturist Alabama Experiment Station, 1916-1917. Argiculturist Southern Railway, 1917-1918.

Connected with boys’ 4-H Club work, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1918-1920. With Progressive Farmer, 1920. Director publicity, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1920-1937, executive secretary and registrar, 1932-1937.

Dir Extension Service, 1937-1959, Chairman Alabama Cotton Textile Industrial Relations Board, 1933. General manager radio station WAPI, Birmingham, 1928-1932. Chairman Alabama Soil Conserv.

Committee since 1939, Alabama PMA Committee since 1937. Member Industry Committee Northern 1 under Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Chairman extension service section Association Land Grant Colleges Universities, 1946 (elected 4-year member commission on organization and policy, 1942).

Director First National Bank, Auburn, Alabama President Southeastern Resources Development Association, 1950-1951, Association Southern Agriculture Workers, 1951-1952. Chairman Alabama Rural Development Committee, from 1956. Member Alabama State Board Agriculture, from 1937, member of advisory board, State Department Conservation.


  • Author: One Man

  • A Century of Science on Alabama Farms.


Member state board Alabama Cancer Society Declared by the Progressive Farmer. “The Man of the Year” in Alabama Agriculture, 1939. Member Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Gamma Rho, Omicron Delta Kappa, Epsilon Sigma Phi.

Member Christian Church. Mason (Shriner), Kiwanian. Member Kiwanis International Committee on Publicity, 1930-1931, chairman Committee on Agriculture, 1942.


Married Mildred Kilburn, June 19, 1918.

Richard Scoggins Davis

Malinda Elizabeth (Barker) Davis

Mildred Kilburn