|Name||Julia McDonald Davis Healy Adams|
, West Virginia , United States
|| August 00, 1900
|Died||January 30, 1993
|Last Modifed||Thomas Walker|
Aug 15, 2008 02:28pm
|Info||West Virginia-born author, journalist, and social worker Julia Davis is best known for her writings about the history of western Virginia and the role of her family in shaping that history. She was born in Clarksburg in 1900. Her mother, Julia McDonald Davis, died shortly after her birth from puerperal fever. Her father, John W. Davis, was active in public service and a law partner in the New York firm Davis-Polk. Davis represented his country as ambassador to the Court of St. James and later ran for president on the Democratic ticket, opposing Republican Calvin Coolidge. Such activities made parenting a challenge, and her grandparents—the Davises of Clarksburg and the McDonalds of Media, largely raised young Julia. She attended Wellesley College for two years (1918-1920) before completing a BA at Barnard College in 1922. |
Julia Davis published her first book, Sword of the Vikings, in 1927. She followed that publication with more than twenty other books, primarily history and fiction, though she also published two autobiographical works—Legacy of Love, a memoir of her West Virginia childhood, and The Embassy Girls, a memoir of her time as an ambassador’s daughter in England. She also published two novels, The Devil’s Church and Cruise with Death, under the pseudonym F. Draco.
In addition to her writing, Julia Davis worked as an Associated Press reporter in New York City for a year. She was a children’s agent for the State Charities Aid Association from 1933-1938, and chair of the child adoption service of the Children’s Aid Society from 1962-1965.
Julia Davis died January 30, 1993, in Ranson, WV.