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, Henry Lewis 1867–1950.

American public official who served as US secretary of war (1911–1913 and 1940–1945), as governor-general of the Philippines (1927–1929), and as US secretary of state (1929–1933). He was the chief adviser on atomic weaponry to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

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Stimson, Henry Lewis, 1867-1950, American statesman, b. New York City. A graduate of Yale and of Harvard, he became associated with Elihu Root in law practice in New York City. Stimson was (1906-9) U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York state, and in 1910 he ran unsuccessfully for governor of New York on the Republican ticket. He was (1911-13) Secretary of War under President Taft and in World War I served as colonel of the 31st Field Artillery. In 1927, President Coolidge sent him to Nicaragua to negotiate an end to the civil strife in that country. His success in that mission led to his appointment (1927) as governor-general of the Philippines, where, although he opposed Philippine independence, he softened the harsh policies of his predecessor, Gen. Leonard Wood. As Secretary of State (1929-33) in President Hoover's administration, Stimson was chairman of the American delegation to the London Naval Conference (1930-31) and of the delegation t...    Continue Reading

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