DAVIS, HARWELL GOODWIN, 1882-1977

Biography:

Attorney; State government official;  college president. Born– November 23, 1882, in Marengo County. Parents:  Thomas Wyley and Mary Kate Goodwin Davis. Married– Lena Vail, December 15, 1917.  Children– Three. Education– South Alabama Baptist Institute at Thomasville, A.B., 1899; University of Alabama, Bachelor of Laws, 1903. Military service:  U. S. Army Infantry, WWI, 1918-1919; retired at the end of the war with the rank of major. Served as Alabama’s first assistant attorney general, 1915-1917; attorney general, 1921-1927; state internal revenue collector, 1933-1939.  President, Howard College (now Samford University), 1939-1958. Member of the Alabama Bar Association; the Historical Association of the Southern Baptist Convention; Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Delta Phi; the Masons and the Knights of Phythias.  Awarded the honorary LL.D. by the University of Alabama; the honorary Doctorate of Humanities by Birmingham Southern, and the LL.D. by Mobile College.  The Library at Samford University is named in his honor. Died August 5, 1977.

Source:

Obituary, Birmingham News, August 6, 1977.

Sulzby, James F., Jr. Toward a History of Samford University, Vol. II.  Birmingham:  Samford University Press, 1986.

Dust Jacket, The Legend of Landsee.

Publication(s):

Alabama School Code. Montgomery, Ala.; Alabama State Department of Education, 1927.

Holdings of Physical Copies of Newspapers from Jefferson County Courthouse. S.l.; s.n., 1979.

Legends of Landsee. Huntsville, Ala.; Strode, 1976.

The Life and Achievements of Joseph Linyer Bedsole. New York; Newcomen Society in North America, 1962.

Papers;

The papers of Harwell Goodwin Davis are held by the Special Collections Department at the Harwell Goodwin Davis Library at Samford University.