Gregory C. Davison

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Gregory Caldwell Davison
Born (1871-09-12)September 12, 1871
Jefferson City, Missouri
Died May 7, 1935(1935-05-07) (aged 63)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1892–1907
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Other work Vice President, Electric Boat
Vice President, New London Ship and Engine Company

Gregory Caldwell Davison (August 12, 1871 – May 7, 1935) was a naval officer, inventor and a Vice President of the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut.


Davison was born August 12, 1871 in Jefferson City, Missouri, the son of Alexander Caldwell and Sarah Caroline Pelot Davison.[1] He graduated from the United States Naval Academy on 27 May 1892. He served in many ships, specializing in torpedo boat operations. until resigning in 1908.[2][3]

An excellent scientist as well as an efficient naval officer, Lieutenant Commander Davison was responsible for many inventions in ordnance, torpedoes, submarines and general naval science. Retiring from the Navy on December 31, 1907, he later became Vice President of the Electric Boat Company, continuing his interest in and support of the Navy until his death on May 7, 1935.[2]


On April 11, 1898, he married Alice Shepard, the daughter of Rear Admiral Edwin M. Shepard.[3]


In 1942, the destroyer USS Davison (DD-618) was named in honor of Lieutenant Commander Davison. His widow, Alice Davison, was the ship's sponsor.[2]

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

  1. ^ Garraty, John Arthur; Carnes, Mark Christopher, eds. (1999). American National Biography: Dafora-Dubuclet. Oxford University Press. p. 242. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Davison". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Marquis, Albert Nelson, ed. (1915). Who's who in New England: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men and Women of the States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. A.N. Marquis & Company. p. 318.