Arthur Davidson

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Arthur Davidson

Arthur Davidson

He was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1881

Arthur had an idea to make riding a bicycle less work, so in 1903 him and his partner William S. Harley worked until they founded the Harley-Davidson.

Over time Arthur Davidson removed himself from business operations and spent more time on his endeavors. He established a trust fund and donated land for a Boy Scout camp and other efforts.

He was the youngest of three brothers his father was a cabinatmaker. Around the centry the bicycle was invented and popularity was sweeping across the United States it allowed people to go faster and farther then when it was like befor. They sought to a way to take the work out of bicycing by motorized bicycle that would be available to everybody. It was to make people travel more easily and quickly. Arthur Davidson's next move was to convince the government officals to replace the bicycles into motorcycles.

On December 30, 1950, Davidson and his wife, and two of their friends, were killed in a car accident in Waukesha, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. He left behind a motorcycle empire and a publicly traded company worth over $10 billion. In honor of his legacy, in 1998 he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.



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