Charles K. Davis (1854-1918) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Adolph Davis and Johanna B. (Sommerfield) Davis. In 1882, along with Leo Wise, Charles K. traveled to Southwestern Kansas to aid in the establishment of the Beersheba Colony. A diary kept by him during this period was eventually published in 1965 by the American Jewish Archives.
Over the course of his life, he also traveled Greece, Egypt, Japan, China, and Germany. Throughout his travels he was an avid letter writer; a great deal of his letters, circulars, and diaries survive to today.