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David Davis Walker

Born: Jan 19, 1840

Death: Oct 4, 1918

Birthplace: Bloomington

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

David Davis Walker

Date of Birth : Jan 19, 1840
Date of Death : Oct 4, 1918
Birth Place : Bloomington

David Davis "D. D." Walker, a St. Louis dry goods wholesaler, founded Ely & Walker, which remains a clothing brand to this day. Walker was a first cousin of Senator and Supreme Court Justice David Davis. Through his son George Herbert Walker, he was the great-grandfather of President George H. W. Bush and great-great-grandfather of President George W. Bush. Walker was the son of George E. Walker and Harriet Mercer. His grandfather was Thomas Walker. He was born and reared on his parents' farm near Bloomington, Illinois. At age fourteen, he was sent to the Beloit Preparatory Academy, part of Beloit College in Wisconsin. In 1857, he went to St. Louis for business training with the merchandiser Crow, McCreery & Co., then the largest wholesale dry goods house in the city. He worked his way up from office boy, and became a partner after just eight years with the firm. He became ill as a result of his workaholic habits, quitting in 1878, and spent the next two years recovering. In 1880 he went back to work, forming Ely, Walker & Co. with Frank Ely and others. The business was a huge success, and in 1883 it was incorporated as the Ely & Walker Dry Goods Company.


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