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Dwight Filley Davis

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.

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