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  MacNider, Hanford
NameHanford MacNider
, Iowa , United States
Born October 02, 1889
DiedFebruary 18, 1968 (78 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Feb 17, 2004 07:03pm
Info1889 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


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