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Leonard Wood
Wood
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1860
Date of Death: 1927
Cause of Death: Brain cancer
Occupation: Physician, Soldier, Politician
Spouse: Louise Smith
Military Branch: United States Army (1886–1921)
Political Party: Republican Party
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front
through
Blood and Iron
Type of Appearance: Direct
Leonard Wood (October 9, 1860 – August 7, 1927) was a physician who served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Military Governor of Cuba and Governor General of the Philippines. Early in his military career, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Wood was removed as Chief in 1914 by then-President Woodrow Wilson. He made a half-hearted bid for the Republican Party's nomination for the presidency in 1920, which was unsuccessful.

Leonard Wood in Southern Victory Edit

Leonard Wood was a medical doctor,[1] friend of President Theodore Roosevelt,[2] and the Chief of the General Staff of the United States Army during the Great War.[3]

Wood's ability to accept and implement new military ideas helped him rise through the ranks quickly. He was also adept in seeing such abilities in other soldiers.[4] He was an early patron of Irving Morrell, and kept track of his career throughout the Great War.[5] He also realized the effectiveness of General George Custer's use of barrels in Tennessee as more than support for infantry, and saw to it that Army doctrine was changed. He was quite up front about the fact that the old doctrine had been a mistake while testifying before Congress.[6]

Wood remained on as Chief of Staff after the war ended, and oversaw various plans for keeping the Confederate States disarmed.[7]. Intensely loyal to Roosevelt, he left his position when Upton Sinclair defeated Roosevelt in the 1920 election and took office the following year. He was replaced by General Hunter Liggett.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. American Front, pg. 496
  2. Ibid., pg. 499.
  3. Ibid., pg. 495.
  4. See, e.g., American Front, pg. 495-500.
  5. See, e.g., Walk in Hell, pg. 112-113.
  6. Breakthroughs, pgs. 299-302.
  7. Ibid., pgs. 574-578.
  8. Blood and Iron, pg. 575, pb.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
John R. Brooke
Governor-General of Cuba
1899–1902
Succeeded by
Tomás Estrada Palma
as President of Cuba
Preceded by
Charles Yeater
Governor-General of the Philippines
1921–1927
Succeeded by
Eugene A. Gilmore
Military offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
J. Franklin Bell
Chief of Staff of the United States Army
1910-1914
Succeeded by
William W. Wotherspoon
Military offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
Unknown,
last known is William Rosecrans
as General-in-Chief
Chief of the United States General Staff
1913-1921
Succeeded by
Hunter Liggett

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