Davis, Dwight Filley, 1879–1945, American tennis player and public official, b. St. Louis, grad. Harvard, 1900, and Washington Univ. law school. An outstanding tennis player, Davis donated in 1900 a cup as an international tennis trophy; this donation brought about the annual Davis Cup matches. He held several public offices in St. Louis, and after service in World War I he was Secretary of War (1925–29). He succeeded Henry L. Stimson as governor-general (1929–32) of the Philippines. In World War II, Davis served in the army as a major general.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.