Davis Elkins (1876 - 1959)

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Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
Death: Died in Richmond, VA, USA
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About Davis Elkins


Davis Elkins ( January 24, 1876 - January 5, 1959 ) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. Born in Washington, D.C., he attended the Lawrenceville School, Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Harvard University. During the Spanish-American War he enlisted as a private in the First West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, becoming assistant adjutant general in 1898.

Elkins was an industrialist with interests in railroads, banking, utilities, and coal mining; he was appointed as a Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Stephen B. Elkins, and served from January 9 to January 31, 1911, when a successor was elected. During the First World War he served in the United States Army in France, 1917-1918. He was then elected to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1919, to March 4, 1925; he was not a candidate for renomination in 1924. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Commerce (Sixty-sixth Congress).

From 1936 to 1956 he was owner of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Company. Davis Elkins died in Richmond, Virginia in 1959; interment was in Maplewood Cemetery, Elkins, West Virginia.

Davis Elkins was a son of Stephen Benton Elkins and a grandson of Henry Gassaway Davis, both U.S. Senators from West Virginia. His sister Katherine Hallie "Kitty" Elkins ( Jan. 14, 1886 - Sept. 3, 1936 ) was engaged for some time to Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi ( 1873-1933 ), a cousin of the king of Italy.

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Davis Elkins, U.S. Senator's Timeline

January 24, 1876
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
January 5, 1959
Age 82
Richmond, VA, USA