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This Date in History

July 12, 1980: John Warren Davis died in Englewood, New Jersey


Educator John Warren Davis (February 11, 1888-July 12, 1980) was president of West Virginia State College (now University) from 1919 to 1953 and molded it into one of the strongest Black colleges in the country.

Born in Milledgeville, Georgia, Davis held degrees from Morehouse College, studied at the University of Chicago, and was awarded honorary degrees from a number of institutions including Harvard University and the Univ...

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