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Wood Leonard A graduate of Harvard Medical School 1884 Wood began his military career the next year as a civilian contract surgeon with the US Army in the Southwest achieving the rank of captain and assistant surgeon by 1891 He was awarded a Medal of Honor for his service with the expedition against the Apache Indians who were resisting the capture of their leader Geronimo 1886 After the outbreak of the Spanish-American War 1898 Wood and his friend Theodore Roosevelt recruited the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry the famous Rough Riders of which Wood was the commanding officer Meritorious conduct at the battles of Las Guasimas and San Juan Hill Cuba brought him promotion to brigadier general After the war he served as military governor of Cuba 1899-1902 He earned a notable reputation there as an administrator establishing modern educational judicial and police systems and overseeing great advances in sanitation In 1903 Wood became a major general in the regular army and was appointed governor of Moro Province in the Philippine Islands He commanded the Philippine division of the army 1906-08 after which he returned home to the armys Eastern Department and then became chief of staff 1910-14 He was passed over however by the Democratic administration for a command post either at home or abroad during World War I 1917-18 A strong advocate of preparedness Wood was largely responsible for establishment of the summer camp at Plattsburg NY to give civilians officer training--a model for similar camps elsewhere Regarded by many as the political heir of Theodore Roosevelt Wood became an active candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1920 Despite a large following however he lost to Warren G Harding on the tenth ballot The following year President Harding--recognizing Woods administrative talent
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