Jānis Dāvis (1867–1959) is known as an entrepreneur who during the first independent Republic of Latvia achieved success in real estate business. He was also a publicist, educator and leader of the temperance movement.


In 1940, Jānis Dāvis in his will, bequeathed the land and 5/6 parts of the building at Barona iela 49, Riga, to the University of Latvia to set up a housing for students who were abstainers. The part of the building now owned by the UL is about 3800 m2 large.

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