Global citizenship advocate Davis dies in Vt.

AP News
Posted: Jul 29, 2013 11:57 AM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1948 and for the next six decades led a movement for global citizenship has died.

The World Service Authority, the administrative wing of the World Government of World Citizens, confirmed that founder Garry Davis died Wednesday in Williston, Vt. He was 91.

Davis' activism had been born of grief over his brother's death in World War II and guilt over his own role as a bomber pilot. His work stretched from his dramatic declaration of world citizenship in Paris in 1948 to his organization's recent granting of a "world passport" to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Davis had lived in Vermont for the past two decades, though he had continued to travel and lecture widely.