Joseph E. Davies


Birthday November 29, 1876

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace Watertown, WI

DEATH DATE May 9, 1958 (81)

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U.S. ambassador to Russia in the years leading up to WW II who wrote the highly popular memoir Mission to Moscow. He also served as the US Ambassador to Belgium and the US Envoy to Luxembourg.

Before Fame

He was loyal campaigner for Woodrow Wilson, which got him named to the Bureau of Corporations, which became the Federal Trade Commission.


His book, Mission to Moscow, sold 700,000 copies in multiple languages worldwide, and was the foundation of a controversial film that many felt was too positive towards the USSR.

Family Life

He was born in Watertown, Wisconsin; his mother Rachel Davies a noted Welsh-born evangelist preacher.

Associated With

Ann Harding starred as his Marjorie Post Davies, his wife, in the movie Mission to Moscow.