DAVEY, Martin Luther, (1884 - 1946)

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

DAVEY, Martin Luther, a Representative from Ohio; born in Kent, Portage County, Ohio, July 25, 1884; attended the public schools; was graduated from Oberlin Academy in 1906 and later attended Oberlin College; associated with his father in tree surgery in 1906; organized and became general manager of the Davey Tree Expert Co. (Inc.) in 1909 and became president in 1923; also became treasurer of the Davey Compressor Co. in 1929; also engaged in the real-estate business; mayor of Kent 1913-1918; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Ellsworth R. Bathrick; reelected to the Sixty-sixth Congress and served from November 5, 1918, to March 3, 1921; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; resumed his former business pursuits; delegate at large to the Democratic National Conventions in 1932 and 1940; elected to the Sixty-eighth, Sixty-ninth, and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1929); was not a candidate for renomination in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1928 and 1940; twice elected Governor of Ohio and served from January 14, 1935 to January 9, 1939; resumed his former business pursuits; died in Kent, Ohio, March 31, 1946; interment in Standing Rock Cemetery.


Vazzano, Frank P. “Harry Hopkins and Martin Davey: Federal Relief and Ohio Politics during the Great Depression.” Ohio History 96 (Summer/Autumn 1987): 124-39.