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Samuel P. and Kate Dowdle Davis family papers

Samuel P. and Kate Dowdle Davis family papers

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Finding aid for the Samuel P. and Kate Dowdle Davis family papers

BC.MSS.06.31

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

March 27, 2015



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
creatorDavis, Katherine Lindsey, 1895-1987
Creator:Davis, Samuel Preston, Sr., 1868-1927
Title: Samuel P. and Kate Dowdle Davis family papers
Dates: 1890-1969
Quantity: 7.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains documents, publications and photographs from the work and life of Samuel Preston Davis Sr., a cotton merchant in Little Rock, and his wife, Kate Dowdle Davis, a leader in local and national women's, patriotic, and political organizations.
Identification: BC.MSS.06.31
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-0631

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically and by type of artifact.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents, publications and photographs from the work and life of Samuel Preston Davis Sr., a cotton merchant in Little Rock, and his wife, Kate Dowdle Davis, a leader in local and national women's, patriotic, and political organizations.


Biographical Information

Samuel Preston Davis Sr. was born near Morrilton, Arkansas, on April 2, 1868, to Marion and Martha Davis. His father died before Samuel was two years old. Kate Embry Dowdle, the daughter of Robert A. and Rebecca Taylor Dowdle, was born in Little Rock on November 3, 1871. She was educated at Galloway College of Searcy, Arkansas, later Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas.

The couple married November 16, 1893, at Morrilton, Arkansas. The same year Samuel Davis established S. P. Davis Cotton Seed Products and worked as a cotton broker and commission merchant. The couple had three children, Allen Dowdle, who died at age two, Samuel Preston Jr., and Rebecca Dowdle.

Kate Dowdle Davis was active in religious and social organizations and was a leader in a number of patriotic organizations. In addition to holding local and state offices, she served as national president of the United States Daughters of 1812. She was also active in politics, including the Arkansas Democratic Women. In 1928 when Al Smith ran for president with Arkansas Senator Joe T. Robinson as his running mate, she campaigned actively both in Arkansas and around the South. The collection includes correspondence and other material related to this election.

Samuel Davis Sr. died August 5, 1927; Kate Dowdle Davis died September 27, 1954.

The collection also contains material from the schooling, marriage and social lives of Samuel and Kate's children and grandchildren. These include Samuel Preston Jr. and his wife, Katharine Lindsey Davis, their children Samuel Preston III, and Pauline Lindsey Davis, and Rebecca Davis and her husband, Milford Herschel Davis.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas Bankers Association.
Arkansas Centennial Commission.
Arkansas Pioneers Association.
Business -- Arkansas
Daughters of the American Revolution.
Davis, Kate Embry Dowdle, 1871-1954
Davis, Katherine Lindsey, 1895-1987
Davis, Milford H., Jr., 1899-1988
Davis, Pauline Lindsey, 1920-2008
Davis, Rebecca Davis, 1900-1972
Davis, Samuel Preston, III, 1923-1986
Davis, Samuel Preston, Jr., 1894-1944
Davis, Samuel Preston, Sr., 1868-1927
Galloway College. (Searcy, Ark.)
General Federation of Women's Clubs of Arkansas.
Hendrix College. (Conway, Ark.)
National Society, United States Daughters of 1812.
Robinson, Joe T. (Joe Taylor), 1872-1937
Small business -- Arkansas
United Daughters of the Confederacy. Arkansas Division.
Woman's City Club. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Women -- Arkansas
Women -- Societies and clubs

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel P. and Kate Dowdle Davis family papers, MSS.06.31, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Milford H. Davis Jr. and Mary C. Davis, November 29, 2006


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