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ARTHUR DAVIDSON


Hall of Fame Inductee - Pre 2001 (1998)


Teaming up with boyhood friend William S. Harley, Arthur was the first of the Davidson brothers to join in the production of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

As Harley-Davidson gained in popularity and production increased, it was Arthur who took charge of sales, covering the country from coast to coast and establishing a sound network of dealers.  Understanding the importance of competent mechanics to serve Harley-Davidson owners Arthur began the Harley-Davidson Service School, a tribute to his foresight. In the early days of advertising, Arthur was quick to recognize its merits, making certain that Harley-Davidson products were promoted to the public constantly.


The Kilbourn Finance Corporation was organized in 1923 when the trend toward installment buying became popular, and he served as its president for many years. Additionally Arthur served the last six years of his life as president of the AMA and helped develop many of the policies and programs instituted to enlarge its scope and influence. 


During those same years, he was president of the Motorcycle and Allied Trades Association, an organization consisting of members in the motorcycle industry. He was interested in youth activities, serving in many capacities with the Boy Scouts of America, receiving scouting highest award for distinguished service. He was also a board member of the Milwaukee Boys' Club and active in the YMCA.


Arthur loved the outdoors and was a lifetime member of the Izaak Walton League. Because of his keen business and financial insight, Arthur Davidson served as a director of firms such as the Koehring Company, the Kellogg Seed Company and the Wisconsin Pharmacal Company.

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