Leonard Wood Biography

Doctor, Military Leader (1860–1927)
Leonard Wood was a medical officer who became chief of staff of the U.S. Army and governor general of the Philippine Islands (1921–27).


After the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, Leonard Wood and his friend Theodore Roosevelt recruited the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry (the famous “Rough Riders”). After the war he served as military governor of Cuba. Regarded by many as the political heir of Roosevelt, Wood became a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1920 but lost to Warren G. Harding on the tenth ballot.

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