Arthur Vining Davis Portrait

Arthur Vining Davis (May 30, 1867–November 17, 1962), American industrialist and philanthropist, was born in Sharon, Massachusetts. Upon retiring from Alcoa, (Aluminum Company of America), Davis began a second career by investing primarily in the Caribbean and Florida. The investments included extensive real estate holdings in the Miami area (estimated at one-eighth of Dade County) and on Cuba’s Isle of Pines. He had ownership or control of some thirty Florida enterprises ranging from dairy farms to resort hotels. He established the Arvida (from ARthur VIning DAvis) Corporation which provides financial assistance to educational, religious, cultural, and scientific institutions. The Arvida Corporation donated the land on which Arvida Middle School was built.