Ralph G. Davis is active head of one of the oldest and largest insurance agencies in the City of Youngstown, the Davis-Woodman Company. It is a business that was established over forty-five years ago, and with it the Davis family has been identified continuously.

Ralph G. Davis was born in Youngstown, in February 1883, son of John R. and Maria S. (Richards) Davis. His mother was born in Wales and died in 1920. His father, a native of Portage County, Ohio, spent his active career in the insurance business and died in 1900. While a member of the State Legislature he took an active part in Legislation which made possible the setting aside of the park known as Mill Creek Park.

Ralph G. Davis attended grammar and high schools at Youngstown, and at the age of twenty-one, in 1904, he became associated with his brother John R. in conducting the business known as the John R. Davis Sons. This insurance agency had been established by his father in 1877. In 1906 Ralph Davis bought the interest of his brother, and in 1912 incorporated the business as the Davis Security Insurance Agency Company. In 1923 the present name of Davis-Woodman Company was adopted, with Mr. Davis as president and manager, T.A. Woodman, vice president and treasurer, and A. H. Hardin, secretary.

On April 6, 1912, Mr. Davis married Miss Josephine Robbins, a native of Niles, Ohio, and daughter of Charles W. and Julia (Woodward) Robbins. They have two daughters, Julia and Mary. Mr. Davis is a member of the First Baptist Church, is a republican, a member of the Masonic order, and belongs to the Youngstown Club and Youngstown Country Club. He has had the responsibilities of a successful business, but has also been active in local affairs. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Builders Exchange.


History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume IV