Born on November 11, 1881, Arthur Davidson was only 20 years old when he began working with his friend William Harley on creating a motor-driven bicycle. After the company incorporated in 1907, Arthur Davidson became secretary and general sales manager for the new company. He was outgoing and passionate about the company, traits which helped him lay down the foundations for the company’s success. He travelled extensively to recruit dealers and established a strong dealer network. He also created the Harley-Davidson Service School and was quick to implement new trends in advertising.
This portrait of Arthur was taken in 1915.