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The Henry L. Stimson Papers digital collection contains eight signed letters from Henry L. Stimson to “B. W.,” (Bronson Winthrop), a boyhood friend. The letters date from November 17, 1911 to March 17, 1930. Most were written from the Western Front in France in 1918, where Stimson was a colonel of field artillery in the American Expeditionary Forces. In the letters Stimson mostly describes his life at camp and on the front, including the German offensive of March and April 1918.
Stimson’s long and distinguished career in public service included serving as Secretary of War in President William Howard Taft’s Cabinet, 1911-1913, as Secretary of State in President Herbert Hoover’s Cabinet, 1929-1933, and again as Secretary of War in the Cabinets of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, 1940-1945.
Finding Aid to the Henry L. Stimson Papers