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Henry Pomeroy Davison 1919-22

Henry Davison was the main figure behind the foundation of the League of Red Cross Societies. He said: "We are not building for an age but for all time."

Born in Troy, Pennsylvania, in 1867 in the aftermath of the American Civil War, he started working life as a banker and, within five years, he was the bank's chairman. He went on to become one of America's leading financiers of the time.

In 1917, when America joined the Allies in World War One, Davison was appointed chairman of the American Red Cross War Council. He launched a campaign that brought in $4.0 million, making it possible to send Red Cross teams to the various war fronts.

At the end of the war, Davison conceived the idea of an organisation to fight scourges facing mankind. His proposal was accepted by the United States and then the British, French, Italian and Japanese Red Cross Societies. The League was formed in 1919. Davison died in 1922.

Henry Davison

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