Ilus W. Davis

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Ilus W. Davis
48th Mayor of Kansas City
In office
April 10, 1963 – April 10, 1971
Preceded by H. Roe Bartle
Succeeded by Charles Wheeler
Personal details
Born (1917-04-22)April 22, 1917
Kansas City, Missouri
Died September 4, 1996(1996-09-04) (aged 79)
Political party Democratic

Ilus Winfield Davis (April 22, 1917 – September 4, 1996) was mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, United States from 1963 to 1971.

"Ike" Davis grew up on the east side of Kansas City and in 1933 was in the freshman class of the University of Kansas City which was to become the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was instrumental in founding the student newspaper the University News. He was to get a law degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and served in the Army during World War II.

Davis was elected Kansas City mayor by 1,810 votes in nearly 110,000 cast in 1963. He oversaw the bond issue to build Kansas City International Airport and pushed for construction of the Truman Sports Complex for the Kansas City Chiefs and eventually the Kansas City Royals. He dealt with labor strife during the construction of the two projects and the 1968 Kansas City riot following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King. In April 1968 following the King assassination Davis met with a large group of inner city school students on the steps of City Hall. A police officer fired tear gas canister into the crowd and a riot erupted in which five were to die.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harold Roe Bartle
Mayors of Kansas City, Missouri
Succeeded by
Charles Wheeler