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  1. Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. (May 28, 1880 – November 26, 1970) was a United States Army general. In 1940, he became the first African-American to rise to the rank of brigadier general. He was the father of Air Force General Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

  2. Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. See all media Born: July 1, 1877 Washington, D.C. United States Died: November 26, 1970 (aged 93) North Chicago Illinois Title / Office: brigadier general (1940), United States Notable Family Members: son Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Role In: Spanish-American War World War II See all related content →

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  3. Benjamin Oliver Davis was born in Washington, D.C. on July 1, 1877, though he likely forged his birthdate to sign up for the Army in 1898. Born to Louis P. H. and Henrietta Davis, whose parents were enslaved, he experienced countless challenges as a Black man in a segregated society.

  4. THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN GENERAL OFFICER IN THE REGULAR ARMY AND IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., was born in Washington, D.C., on July 1, 1877. He entered the military service...

  5. On Oct. 25, 1940, Benjamin O. Davis Sr. became the first African American to hold star rank in the U.S. Army and in the armed forces. He was promoted to brigadier general, temporary — a situation...

  6. Oct 23, 2017 · Benjamin O. Davis Sr. was the first African American to be named a general in the American military. Davis claimed to have been born on July 1, 1877, but, according to some sources, his birthdate may have been in May 1880 and that he lied about his age to enlist in the Army without the permission of his parents.

  7. Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Benjamin O. Davis Sr., who was the first African American to be promoted a brigadier general in the American military. Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Benjamin O. Davis Sr., who was the first African American to be promoted a brigadier general in the American military.

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