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.
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. His acceptance of budget cuts allowed him to develop a working relationship with Assistant Secretary of War N. Mattoon Thomas.
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, Liggett also privately admitted that he disagreed with the Sinclair Administration's policy of normalizing Utah. He also mocked Sinclair's assertion that there would never be another conflict on the scale of the Great War.
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. The meeting got off to a bad start before word came that former President Theodore Roosevelt had died.
| Military offices|
|Chief of the United States General Staff|
| Succeeded by|
Samuel D. Sturgis, Jr.