Harry E. Davis

Harry E. Davis, Class of 1908. Mr.. Davis graduated from the Western Reserve University Law School in 1908. He was elected an Ohio State Representative in 1920. He served four terms in the state legislature and was chosen by the Cleveland City Council to be the Civil Service Commissioner for the city, a position he held from 1928 to 134. Mr.. Davis was subsequently elected a State Senator for two terms (1947-48 and 1953-54). On June 10, 1947, he had the distinction to be the first black legislator to preside over the Senate. While in the Senate, Mr.. Davis, with the cooperation of the NAACP, led the passage of legislation that improved statewide fair employment practices. His interest in the social, civic, and cultural progress of African Americans in Cleveland resulted in the manuscript, “History of the Negro in Cleveland.” Mr.. Davis died in 1955 at the age of 72.

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