Davis, Richmond Pearson was born on June 23, 1866 in Statesville, North Carolina, United States. Son of Hayne and Mary Williams (Pearson) Davis.
Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1887. Graduate torpedo course, Willets Pt., New York, 1889 (1st in class).
Commissioned Second lieutenant 2d Artillery, June 12, 1887. Promoted through grades to colonel, January 24, 1914. Brigadier general N.A., August 5, 1917.
Brigadier general regular army, December, 1922. Major general, October 4, 1927. Instructor, assistant professor and acting professor of chemistry and electricity, United States Military Academy, 1891-1896, 1898-1904.
1906; director School Submarine Defense, Fort Totten, New York, 1904-1906, Coast Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Virginia, 1907-1911. Assistant chief C.A., 1911-1912, 1915-1916. Assisted materially in development of coast artillery service, development of system of submarine mines.
Appointed commander 162d Field Artillery Brigade, Camp Pike, Arkansas, August 1917. Commander 151st Field Artillery Brigade at St. Mihiel and Camp de Songe, France, 1918-1919, also chief of artillery, 9th Corps. Commander coast defenses, Manila Bay, 1919-1921.
Commander Coast Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Virginia, 1921-1922, 22d Brigade, Hawaii, 1922-1929, retired, December 22, 1929. Episcopalian.