Hunter Liggett
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1857
Date of Death: 1935
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: United States Army (Spanish-American War, World War I)
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Blood and Iron;
The Center Cannot Hold
Type of Appearance: Direct
Military Branch: US Army (Great War)
Hunter Liggett (March 21, 1857 - December 30, 1935) was a lieutenant general of the United States Army. His 42 years of service spanned the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, and World War I.

Hunter Liggett in Southern VictoryEdit

Hunter Liggett was a United States Army general during and after the Great War. He was appointed by President Upton Sinclair to replace General Leonard Wood as Chief of the United States General Staff following Wood's retirement in the early 1920s. John Abell served as his adjutant for a time.[1]

Liggett's time as Chief of Staff was marked by drastic cuts to the military budget by the Socialist-controlled Congress. This forced Liggett to make difficult budgetary decisions. Generally he favored maintaining the military's conventional weapons capacity and discontinuing projects to develop new weapons such as barrels and airplane carriers.[2] His acceptance of budget cuts allowed him to develop a working relationship with Assistant Secretary of War N. Mattoon Thomas.[3]

Nonetheless, Liggett was a soldier first and foremost. While he accepted the cuts, he did so grudgingly. When he informed Lt. Colonel Abner Dowling that he was now the military governor of Salt Lake City and a full colonel,[4] Liggett also privately admitted that he disagreed with the Sinclair Administration's policy of normalizing Utah.[5] He also mocked Sinclair's assertion that there would never be another conflict on the scale of the Great War.[6]

Liggett helped facilitate a meeting between then Lt. Colonel Irving Morrell and Assistant Secretary Thomas regarding the Ottoman Empire's treatment of Armenians in 1924.[7] The meeting got off to a bad start before word came that former President Theodore Roosevelt had died.[8]


  1. Blood and Iron, pg. 575.
  2. Ibid, see, e.g., pg 575.
  3. The Center Cannot Hold., see, e.g. pg. 1.
  4. Ibid., pgs. 2-5, generally
  5. Ibid., pg. 3.
  6. Ibid., pg. 5.
  7. Ibid., pg. 33.
  8. Ibid., pg. 34.
Military offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
Leonard Wood
Chief of the United States General Staff
Succeeded by
Samuel D. Sturgis, Jr.