Isaac Davies

Submitted the winning design for the Bardic Chair which was presented at the International Eisteddfod in Chicago in September 1893.

  • Born
    1842 in Wales
  • Died
    August 11, 1905 in Chicago
  • Occupations
  • Addresses
    72 N Green Street, Chicago, IL pre-1909

Isaac Davies was born in Wales. His father was a Methodist minister. He and his wife, Mary, his brother, John and John's wife Susanna, emigrated to the USA on the "Chicago" arriving in New York on March 27, 1867. They eventually settled in Chicago and, from their letters, we know that they witnessed the Great Fire of 1871 in the city. They lost almost everything in the fire but decided to stay and work there. Isaac and John were carpenters and set up in business together. In 1893, Isaac won the prize for designing the Bardic Chair for the International Eisteddfod that was held on the grounds of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in September of that year. The chair was shipped off to Wales soon after that (it was won by a Welshman, Rev Evan Rees) and has been exhibited at the Folk Museum of Wales in St Fagan's. Isaac died in Chicago in 1905 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery.