Philip Davis was born on June 7th 1951 in a two-bedroom house situated on Smith’s lane off Wulff road. Davis had seven siblings – six brothers, two who are deceased, and one sister.
In 1963 Davis sat and passed the entrance examination for Government High School and St. John’s College.
He remembers working on the campaign of Arlington Butler during the 1967 general election, which ushered in majority rule. In that year, Butler did not win his seat in Parliament.
In 1968, Davis graduated from St, John’s College and wanted to join his schoolmates who worked at Barclays Bank, although his father always wanted him to become a doctor. Therefore, in July 1968, encouraged by his peers who were then employed at Barclays Bank, Davis accepted employment at that institution. He recalls that he did not immediately inform his father that he had obtained a bank job because his father was still hopeful that he would pursue a medical career. On the other hand, his mother was very supportive of his employment prospects at Barclays.
During his short career at Barclays, Davis made impressive progress in his banking education by studying courses that were offered by the banker Institute. Peter Galanos, who was his supervisor at Barclays Bank, recognized that Davis had considerable talent and encouraged him to pursue a legal career. Galanos spoke to Attorney Davis Bethel who interviewed Philip Davis and offered him a job as an articled clerk in his chambers. In July 1969, as agreed, Davis arrived at the offices of Davis Bethel, Enthusiastically prepared to commence his legal studies. However, upon his arrival, Bethel advised Davis that he could not honor his offer of employment because Bethel had just taken on Arlington Butler as an articled clerk and could not afford to employ both. Though disappointed, Davis was not discouraged.
Because of his unrelenting persistence, Davis’ fortunes finally changed when, in October 1969, he was offered an articleship by Charles Barnwell, of the Chambers of Wallace-Whitfield & Barnwell. Davis remember how he insatiably consumed as many law books as he possibly could and effectively managed Barnwell’s legal practice because the latter was frequently absent from office. Davis developed a voracious appetite for the law and immersed himself in his studies, so much so that he completed his legal studies and Bar examinations two years ahead of the more common five-year time period allotted for completing his articles. He was called to The Bahamas Bar in 1975.
Hubert Ingraham, who was called to The Bahamas Bar in December 197, formed the law firm Ingraham & Co. in 1973. Shortly thereafter, Perry Christie, who was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1969, and was then employed at Mckinney Bancroft & Hughes, joined Ingraham; the firm became Christie, Ingraham and Co. Arlington Butler, who was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1974, also joined the firm. Shortly after being called to the Bar in 1975, Davis joined Christie, Ingraham and Co.
Davis proudly reminisces that he was always driven by a determined persistence, patience and perseverance, always cognizant that he would prevail, despite never-ending naysayers. He maintains that his greatest strengths have always been perseverance, persistence, loyalty and devotion to purpose, notwithstanding those who underestimated his abilities to achieve whatever objectives he set for himself.
He is the leader of the official opposition PLP. He is married to Ann Marie Davis, a certified public accountant.