Davis, William H. (William Hammatt), 1879-1964

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William Hammatt Davis (1879-1964) was born in Bangor, Maine, the son of Owen Warren Davis and Abigail Gould. After graduating from high school in 1896, he moved to Washington, D.C., to work for his brother, A. G. Davis, in the patent department of General Electric. While in Washington, D.C., he attended the Corcoran Scientific School and graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 1901. From 1902 to 1903, he worked for the U.S. Patent Office as an examiner. He left to join the patent law firm, Betts, Betts, Sheffield and Betts in New York City. In 1906, he joined the firm Pennie and Goldsborough and married Grace Greenwood Colyer. He and his wife raised three children. During World War I, Davis headed the contract section of the Planning Division of Purchase, Storage, and Traffice at the War Department. He also provided legal advice to the War Department's Claims Board. During the 1920s and early 1930s, he continued to practice law. In 1933, he became deputy administrator for the National Recovery Administration and then compliance director. While chair of the New York State Mediation Board, between 1937 and 1940, Davis honed his skills as a labor mediator. In March 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him a member of the National Defense Mediation Board (NDMB). From July 1941, he served as chair of NDMB, until he became chair of the National War Labor Board (NWLB) in January 1942. The NWLB aimed to balance the needs and demands of labor unions and industry during World War II. In March 1945, Roosevelt appointed him to the Office of Economic Stabilization. After the war, Davis founded the New York City law firm Davis, Hoxie, Faithfull and Hapgood. He also served as a commissioner of the New York City Board of Transportation, from 1946 to 1947; a member of the patent advisory panel of the Atomic Energy Commission, from 1947 to 1957; chairman of the President's Commission on Labor Relations in Atomic Installations, from 1948 to 1949; and chairman of the Atomic Energy Labor Relations Panel, from 1949 to 1953. The board of trustees of the New School for Social Research made him chairman in 1950, and he held the position until 1957.

From the description of Davis, William H. (William Hammatt), 1879-1964 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10575521

Labor mediator.

From the description of Reminiscences of William Hammatt Davis : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309732060

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associatedWith Beard, Charles A. (Charles Austin), 1874-1948. person
associatedWith Bidwell, Percy W. (Percy Wells), 1888-1970. person
associatedWith Brophy, John, 1883-1963. person
associatedWith Brownlow, James A. person
associatedWith Ching, Cyrus Stuart, 1876-1967. person
associatedWith Clark, Evans. person
associatedWith Cohn, Alfred E. (Alfred Einstein), 1879-1957. person
associatedWith Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-1998. person
associatedWith Cousins, Norman. person
associatedWith Dewhurst, James Frederic, 1895- . person
associatedWith Dunlop, John T. (John Thomas), 1914-2003. person
associatedWith Farley, James Aloysius, 1888- . person
associatedWith Feinsinger, Nathan Paul, 1902-1983. person
associatedWith Finletter, Thomas K. (Thomas Knight), 1893-1980. person
associatedWith Fisher, Adrian S. person
associatedWith Flanders, Ralph E. (Ralph Edwards), 1880-1970. person
associatedWith Fred, Edwin Broun, 1887-1981. person
associatedWith Garrison, Lloyd Kirkham, 1897- . person
associatedWith Germer, Adolph. person
associatedWith Golden, Clinton S. (Clinton Strong), 1888-1961. person
associatedWith Green, William, 1870-1952. person
associatedWith Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952. person
associatedWith International Labour Organisation. Citizen's Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Johnston, Eric A. (Eric Allen), 1895-1963. person
associatedWith Leiserson, William M. person
associatedWith Lilienthal, David Eli, 1899-1981. person
associatedWith Lubin, Isador, 1896-1978. person
associatedWith Marts, Arnaud C. person
associatedWith Meyer, Arthur S. (Arthur Simon), 1880-1955. person
associatedWith Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974. person
associatedWith Murray, Philip, 1886-1952. person
associatedWith Nathan, Robert R. (Robert Roy), 1908-2001. person
associatedWith National Defense Mediation Board. corporateBody
associatedWith National Recreation Association. corporateBody
associatedWith National Science Foundation (U.S.). Special Committee for Rubber Research. corporateBody
associatedWith Neibuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971. person
associatedWith New York City Housing Authority. corporateBody
associatedWith New York (State). Mediation Board. corporateBody
associatedWith Reuther, Walter, 1907-1910. person
associatedWith Roper, Daniel C. (Daniel Calhoun), 1867-1943. person
associatedWith Sachs, Alexander, 1893-1973. person
associatedWith Sarnoff, David, 1891-1971. person
associatedWith Shaughnessy, Donald F., person
associatedWith Slichter, Sumner H. (Sumner Huber), 1892-1959. person
associatedWith Sydenham Hospital (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Symington, Stuart, 1901-1988. person
associatedWith Taylor, George William, 1901- . person
associatedWith Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Tobin, Maurice J. person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972. person
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associatedWith United States. Atomic Energy Labor Relations Panel. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Conference of Mayors. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Recovery Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National War Labor Board (1918-1919) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. President's Commission on Labor Relations in the Atomic Energy Installations. corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Patent Advisory Panel. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilson, Carroll L. person
associatedWith Wilson, Charles Erwin, 1890-1961. person
associatedWith Wirtz, Willard, 1912-2010. person
associatedWith Witte, Edwin E. (Edwin Emil), 1887-1960. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
New Deal, 1933-1939
International labor activities
Industrial relations
World War, 1939-1945--Manpower
International organization
Labor unions
Labor laws and legislation
Nuclear energy
Arbitration, Industrial


Birth 1879-08-29

Death 1964-08-13



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