Randolph Ave. & Sycamore St., Elkins — at the entrance to Elkins City Park

Louis Saint-Lanne, 1927

Inscription reads:

Henry Gassaway Davis
Born Baltimore, M.D. November 16, 1823
Died Washington, D.C. March 11, 1916.
Benefactor — Philanthropist — Railway Builder
Worked as if he were to live forever

Lived as if he were to die tomorrow. In 1865 Davis was elected a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. The following year, he founded the Potomac and Piedmont Coal and Railway Company with the intent of furnishing transportation to his coal mining and timbering interests. The company was given the right to construct railroad grades in Mineral, Grant, Tucker, and Randolph Counties. He became a state senator in 1869. In 1871, he was elected to the United States Senate, serving two terms, with his service ending in 1883.

Following his service in the Senate, Davis retired to Elkins, where he resumed banking and coal mining. By 1892, the Davis Coal and Coke Company, a partnership between Davis and his son-in-law, Senator Stephen Benton Elkins, was among the largest coal companies in the world.

An identical statue resides in Charleston.


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