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Henry Gassaway Davis

 
 
Henry Gassaway Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
1. Henry Gassaway Davis Marker
Inscription. Born November 16, 1823, Died March 11, 1916.

Benefactor • Philanthropist • Railway Builder.

Worked as if he were to live forever. Lives as if he were to die to-morrow.
 
Location. 38° 55.654′ N, 79° 50.884′ W. Marker is in Elkins, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Randolph Avenue and Sycamore Street and 5th Street and Kerens Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Randolph Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 450 Randolph Ave, Elkins WV 26241, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stephen Benton Elkins / Halliehurst (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); War in West Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Lest We Forget That Peace Has a Price” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Randolph County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elkins (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kump House / Herman Guy Kump (approx. Ύ mile away); Lemuel Chenoweth (approx. 5.8 miles away); Beverly Methodist Church (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elkins.
 
More about this marker. Monument is owned by Davis & Elkins College, whose main entrance is a block away on Sycamore
Henry Gassaway Davis Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
2. Henry Gassaway Davis Monument
Street. There is an identical copy of this statue in Davis Park in Charleston, West Virginia.
 
Also see . . .
1. Western Maryland Railway – Henry Gassaway Davis. “With no government help, Davis starting building his West Virginia Central and Pittsburg to Elk Garden and its 14 foot seam of coal. By this time, Davis had entered the new state of West Virginia's politics and eventually he would use every political connection possible to finance his road. Gorman, Bayard and Elkins were all US Senators that would have stations named after them. The last named man, Stephen Elkins was also to become Davis’ son-in-law and business partner.” (Submitted on July 22, 2008.) 

2. Davis & Elkins College History. “Davis & Elkins College was established through the influence and efforts of Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen Benton Elkins, two United States Senators who were responsible for building the first railroad into the area. In 1901, the Senators donated land and money to establish a college and academy associated with the Presbyterian Church.” (Submitted on July 22, 2008.) 
 
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Henry Gassaway Davis Statue image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
3. Henry Gassaway Davis Statue
1926 bronze by Louis Saint-Lanne is 12½ feet tall.
Senator Davis on His Horse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
4. Senator Davis on His Horse
Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
5. Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church
To the right of the monument.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,470 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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