Henry Pomeroy Davison was born on June 12, 1867 in Troy, Pennsylvania, son of George B. and Henrietta Davison. After completing his education he became a bookkeeper in a bank managed by one of his relatives, and at age 21 he gained employment at a bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the hometown of his wife Kate Trubee. Three years later he moved to New York City where he was employed by the Astor Place Bank, and sometime later became president of the Liberty National Bank. Several years later he was involved in the founding and formation of the Bankers Trust Company. In 1909 he became a senior partner at JP Morgan & Company, and in 1910 he was a participant in the secretive meeting on Jekyll Island, Georgia that may have led to the creation of the Federal Reserve and has generated much speculation over the years. With the entry of the United States in World War I in 1917, he was named Chairman of the War Council of the American Red Cross. In this capacity, he led a campaign to win financial support for the Red Cross, quickly earning four million dollars used to fund Red Cross ambulances. After the end of the war, he pressed for the creation of an international organization to coordinate the work of the different national Red Cross societies. Based on his recommendations, the League of Red Cross Societies was founded on May 15, 1919 by the societies of Great Britain, France, Japan, Italy, and the United States. In 1919, he also published a book, The American Red Cross in the Great War, describing the wartime activities of the Red Cross. Davison was chairman of the league until his death in 1922. He died on May 6, 1922 in Locust Valley, New York.
From the description of Davison, Henry Pomeroy, 1867-1922 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10610293
Son of J.W. Davison.
From the description of Autograph letters signed (2), dated : [London], 5 March 1894 and [19 March] 1904, to Mr. [Joseph] Bennett, 1894 Mar. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270565464