Henry Lewis Stimson

1867- 1950

American Statesman




Henry Stimson was born in New York City on September 21, 1867. He went to Phillips Academy in Andover and then on to Yale College. After graduating college he went to Harvard Law School. He joined the New York law firm of Root and Clark in 1891

Henry Stimson served as Secretary of War under President Taft and later as Secretary of State under President Hoover. He came to work with Roosevelt during the transition from the Hoover Administration to the first Roosevelt one. During the latter part of the 1930's, he strongly supported Roosevelt's position on the world situation. Stimson also supported Roosevelt's Quarantine speech.

In June 1940, with France heading toward defeat, Roosevelt asked Stimson to become Secretary of War. Stimson was an active Secretary, devoting all his energies towards guiding the US armed forces to victory. He was also involved in the development of the atomic bomb.


Colonel, The: The Life and Wars of Henry Stimson, 1867-1950

Henry L. Stimson: The First Wise Man (Biographies in American Foreign Policy)