July 5, 1879

The namesake of the Davis Cup is born in St. Louis. Dwight Davis was much more than just a star tennis player and the namesake of the Davis Cup. He was also a lawyer, businessman, city parks commissioner, and a man who got things done. That may be why he was on the cover of Time Magazine during World War 1 as he served as Secretary of War and the Governor-General of the Philippines, then later as a Major General during World War 2. 

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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