Walter Davidson passed away February 7, 1942. At the time of his death he was president of the Harley-Davidson company. He had a high business standard and was affiliated with the manufacturing and selling of Harley-Davidsons for forty years. During his career, he also served as a director for the Milwaukee Gas Light Company and a trustee for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. In addition to his skills as a businessman, he was an enthusiastic rider and rode Harley-Davidson motorcycles competitively for several years. In 1908 he was awarded a diamond medal from the Federation of American Motorcyclists for his score in an endurance run. His achievements as a competitive rider brought national recognition to Harley-Davidson motorcycles.