, Iowa , United States
|| October 02, 1889
|| February 18, 1968
|Last Modifed||Thomas Walker|
Feb 17, 2004 07:03pm
|Info||1889 October 2 Born in Mason City, Iowa. Son of Charles Henry and May Hanford MacNider. |
1907 Graduated from Milton Academy
1911 Graduated from Harvard
1916-17 Mexican border service with the Iowa National Guard
1917-19 Service with the AEF in France, advancing to grade of Lt. Col.
1920-21 State Commander of the American Legion
1921-22 National Commander of the American Legion
1922 Declined offer of Senate appointment by Governor Nate Kendall.
1924 August One of the founders of the Republican Service League
1925 February 20 Married Margaret McAuley
1925-28 Appointed Assistant Secretary of War (Acting Secretary of War: September--October, 1926)
1925-30 Member of the George Washington Bicentennial Commission
1928 Receives serious consideration as a Vice-Presidential candidate
1930-32 Appointed Minister to Canada. Successfully negotiated St. Lawrence River Treaty
1932 Vice-Presidential candidate
1940 Favorite son candidate for GOP presidential nomination.
Declined Wendell Willkie's request that he serve as Willkie's running mate. Delegate at large to GOP National Convention.
1941 Opposed lend-lease bill. Member of America First Committee until his resignation on December 4.
1941-45 Immediately following Pearl Harbor he insisted on being recalled to active duty. Promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in August, 1942. He was wounded while commanding the Buna Task Force in New Guinea. After a lengthy recuperation he was given command of the 158th Regimental Combat
Team (Bushmasters) and assigned the task of clearing the vital Bicol Peninsula.
1947-51 Commanding General, 103rd Infantry Division (OR). Promoted to Maj. General on March 31, 1949 and retired as a Major General (USAR) on September 30, 1951.
1952 Approached to accept a cabinet post in the Eisenhower administration, but declined
1956 Advanced to rank of Lt. General on the retired list
1968 February 18 Died while on vacation, in Sarasota, Florida