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Henry Pomeroy Davison

Henry Pomeroy Davison, Sr.
Born (1867-06-12)June 12, 1867
Troy, Pennsylvania
Died May 6, 1922(1922-05-06) (aged 54)
Locust Valley, New York

Henry Pomeroy Davison, Sr. (June 12, 1867 – May 6, 1922) was an American banker and philanthropist.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Death 2
  • Legacy 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7


He was born on June 12, 1867 in Federal Reserve and has generated much speculation over the years.

With the entry of the United States in World War I in 1917, Davision was named Chairman of the War Council of the American Red Cross. In this capacity, he led a campaign to win financial support for the Red Cross, quickly earning four million dollars used to fund Red Cross ambulances. In recognition of his service he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and was one of the few civilians so honored.

After the end of the war, he pressed for the creation of an international organization to coordinate the work of the different national Red Cross societies. Based on his recommendations, the League of Red Cross Societies was founded on May 15, 1919 by the societies of Great Britain, France, Japan, Italy, and the United States. In 1919, he also published a book, The American Red Cross in the Great War, describing the wartime activities of the Red Cross. Davison was chairman of the league until his death in 1922.


He died on May 6, 1922 under an operation for the removal of a tumor of his brain at the family estate, Peacock Point,[3] in Locust Valley, Long island at the age of 54. This after two failed brain operations. He left the bulk of his estate to his wife to be held in trust.[4] He left behind two sons, and two daughters. His oldest son, F. Trubee Davison, was a director of personnel for the Central Intelligence Agency. His other son Henry Pomeroy Davison, Jr. was a director at Time magazine and a Yale University graduate and member of the Skull and Bones society.


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the name of the league since 1991, grants the Henry Davison Award in his memory.


  • Henry P. Davison: The American Red Cross in the Great War. The Macmillan Company, New York 1919


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  2. ^ "Henry P. Davison: The Record Of A Useful Life" by Thomas W. Lamont,
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Further reading

  • Thomas W. Lamont: Henry P. Davison: The record of a useful life. Arno Press, New York 1975, ISBN 0-405-06969-3; Original edition: Harper & Bros., New York 1933

External links

  • Henry P. Davison of Troy PA
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Chairman of the
International League of
Red Cross Societies

Succeeded by
John Barton Payne
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