Chester R. Davis

Chester R. Davis

Chester R. Davis (February 27, 1896 – July 31, 1966) was an American businessman, born in St. Charles, Illinois. He worked at the Ziegler Coal Company, and served in the 320th Infantry during World War I. He attended Lake Forest College and the University of Illinois.[1][2] Immediately after graduating from UI, he became an assistant trust officer at the Chicago Title and Trust Company,[2] where he was elected director and vice-president on 1939-01-10.[3]

On 1955-02-19 he was nominated by President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller).[4][5][6] The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination on 1955-03-04.[7][8]

Davis served for two years as Assistant Secretary, during which he developed a plan for medical and hospital care for the armed forces.[9] For his "lasting contributions" he was decorated in 1956-12-12.[10] He resigned from that position on 1957-12-15.[11]

After his resignation from government service he returned to Chicago, where in February 1957 he had been appointed to a subcommittee of the "Committee of 49", a citizen's advisory committee that had been appointed by the Chicago Welfare Council. He had already served on a similar committee in 1952, to consider the affairs of the county hospital. At the time, he was a Republican.[9]

He retired from Chicago Title and Trust in 1961.[12] In 1963, he was named vice-president of the Association of the United States Army.[13]

Davis died in 1966 of a heart attack in his home in Wayne, Illinois.[14]


  1. ^ Government Printing Office. U.S. Government Organization Manual 1955–1956. Washington, DC: GPO. p. 134.
  2. ^ a b "CHESTER DAVIS 21 IS NAMED TRUST OFFICER". Daily Illini. 1924-01-22. 
  3. ^ "CHICAGO TRUST ELECTS; JH Douglas, CR Davis and KE Rice Added to Board". The New York Times: pp. 31. 1939-01-10. 
  4. ^ Alexander Hopkins McDannald, ed (1956). Americana Annual: An Encyclopedia of Current Events. Americana corporation. pp. 49. 
  5. ^ "BANKER NOMINATED AS A TOP ARMY AIDE". The New York Times. 1955-02-19. 
  6. ^ "IKE NOMINATES CHICAGO MAN FOR ARMY JOB". Chicago Daily Tribune: pp. 3. 1955-02-19. 
  7. ^ "Army Executive Nominated". The New York Times. 1955-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Unit Approves Choice of Davis". Washington Post. 1955-03-04. 
  9. ^ a b Edward C. Banfield and James Q. Wilson (2003). Political Influence. Transaction Publishers. pp. 32. ISBN 0765805561. 
  10. ^ "CHESTER DAVIS DECORATED FOR ARMY SERVICE". Chicago Daily Tribune. 1956-12-12. 
  11. ^ Facts on File Yearbook. Facts on File, inc.. 1957. pp. 413. 
  12. ^ Trusts and Estates. Fiduciary Publishers. 1961. pp. 350. 
  13. ^ "Army Society Fills Post". The New York Times. 1963-09-29. 
  14. ^ "SERVICES SET FOR C. R. DAVIS, CIVIC LEADER". Chicago Tribune: pp. C10. 1966-08-01. 

Further reading

  • William Clark (1956-12-23). "BUSINESS MEN SERVING U. S. GIVE UP MUCH". Chicago Daily Tribune: pp. A7. 

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Preceded by
Charles C. Finucane
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller)
March 10, 1955 – December 15, 1965
Succeeded by
George H. Roderick

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