|United States Senator|
from West Virginia
January 9, 1911 – January 31, 1911
|Appointed by||William E. Glasscock|
|Preceded by||Stephen B. Elkins|
|Succeeded by||Clarence W. Watson|
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1925
|Preceded by||Nathan Goff, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Guy D. Goff|
|Born||January 24, 1876|
|Died||January 5, 1959 (aged 82)|
Born in Washington, D.C., he attended the Lawrenceville School, Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Harvard University. During the Spanish–American War he enlisted as a private in the First West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, becoming assistant adjutant general in 1898.
Elkins was an industrialist with interests in railroads, banking, utilities, and coal mining; he was appointed as a Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Stephen B. Elkins, and served from January 9 to January 31, 1911, when a successor was elected. During World War I he served as a major with the 7th Division of the United States Army in France, 1917–18. He was then elected to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1919, to March 3, 1925; he was not a candidate for renomination in 1924. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Commerce (Sixty-sixth Congress).
Davis Elkins was a son of Stephen Benton Elkins and a grandson of Henry Gassaway Davis, both U.S. Senators from West Virginia. He was married to Mary Reagan Elkins and had 3 children. His sister Katherine Hallie "Kitty" Elkins (Jan. 14, 1886 – Sept. 3, 1936) was engaged for some time to Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi (1873–1933), a cousin of the king of Italy.
- United States Congress. "Davis Elkins (id: E000109)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-04-04
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