Biography of Albert Joseph Davis
Albert Joseph Davis is successfully engaged in the investment business lit St. Louis as the head of the firm of A. J. Davis & Company, which he organized in 1911 and which deals in corporation and municipal bonds. He is a native son of St. Louis, his birth having occurred on the 25th of June, 1883, his parents being Thomas D. and Martha (Littler) Davis, the former born in Cardiff. Wales, and the latter in Newbigging, Musselburgh, Parish of Imberesk, County of Edinburgh, Scotland. His education was obtained in the graded and high schools of St. Louis and in 1901, when a youth of eighteen years, he became connected with the Winkle Terra Cotta Company, serving as assistant to the secretary and as private secretary to Joseph Winkle, the president of the concern, until September, 1908. He then entered the investment business and three years later organized the firm of A. J. Davis & Company for handling corporation and municipal bonds, in which connection he has since built up an enterprise of most extensive and gratifying proportions.
In 1904, at Kirkwood, Missouri, Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Miss Mary Sneed, daughter of Samuel E. Sneed, and they have become parents of a son, John Hewitt, who was born on the 5th of April, 1911.
Mr. Davis gives his political allegiance to the republican party and is widely recognized as a most progressive and public-spirited citizen whose aid and influence are ever found on the side of right, reform and improvement. In January, 1918, he was appointed director of personnel of the ordnance department of the United States army, at St. Louis, at a dollar a year. In the following July, however, he resigned this position to assist in organizing the Employers’ Association of St. Louis, of which he was elected president. In April, 1919, he headed a delegation of business men that met in Kansas City, Missouri, for the purpose of organizing the Associated Industries of Missouri, and was chosen the first president thereof, continuing to serve in that capacity until April, 1920. He was also a director of the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce from 1917 until 1920 Inclusive and acted as second vice president of the organization during the year 1919. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Pilgrim Congregational church and he also belongs to the Noonday Club, the Missouri Athletic Association and the Glen Echo Country Club. A young man of laudable ambition, unfaltering enterprise and pronounced business abilty, his success has already won him recognition among the leading and representative business men of the city in which his entire life has been spent, while his position in social circles is also an enviable one.