Miles Henry Davis
—1962) was a prominent American dentist and father of jazz legend Miles Davis
Miles Henry Davis was born on March 1
in Noble's Lake, Arkansas
. He was a son of Miles Dewey and Mary (Luster) Davis. He was educated at the Arkansas State Normal School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
and received his Bachelor of Science
degree at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock
in 1919. His studies continued at Lincoln University
in Chester County, Pennsylvania
. In 1924, Davis graduated from the dental school at Northwestern University
in Chicago, Illinois
and began his practice the same year. He was a member of the Omega Psi Phi
fraternity and the National Medical Association
On June 16, 1924, he married Cloots Mae (or Cleota) Henry. This union produced three children:
Davis moved the family to East Saint Louis, Illinois, where he served as State Educational Director of the Elks Club. Very active socially and politically, he was also a member of the Masons, Knights of Phythias, American Woodsmen, and the N.A.A.C.P..
At one time, Davis made an unsuccessful bid for a seat on the State Legislature.
Because his son is often erroneously referred as Miles Dewey Davis III
(he's actually Miles Dewey Davis II or alternately, Miles Davis III) it is assumed that his name is also Miles Dewey Davis (which was also his father's name). This is not correct. His name is actually Miles Henry
Davis. If he had been named exactly
after his father (which he was not), he would have been Miles Dewey Davis, Jr. (the suffix "II" only applies to individuals named after a family member other than one's father).
- Yenser, Thomas (editor), Who's Who in Colored America: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Persons of African Descent in America, Who's Who in Colored America, Brooklyn, New York, 1930-1931-1932 (Third Edition)