Wilson, Henry Lane, 1857-1932

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Henry Lane Wilson was born on November 3, 1857 in Crawfordsville, IN, the son of James Wilson, a congressman, soldier in the Mexican and Civil Wars, and diplomat. He graduated from Wabash College in 1879, read law in Indianapolis, and practiced briefly until 1882, when he became the owner and editor of the Lafayette, Indiana, Journal. In 1885 he and his wife Alice moved to Spokane, WA, where he practiced law and engaged in banking and real estate sales. He prospered until 1893, when the financial panic and depression took most of his money. An active Republican, Wilson campaigned for his older brother John, a member of the House of Representatives and Senator from Washington state, and supported Presidents Harrison and McKinley. On June 9, 1897, McKinley appointed him as U.S. Minister to Chile, where he remained until 1904; Theodore Roosevelt appointed him U.S. Minister to Belgium, 1905-10; and he served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, 1910-13, during the Taft and Woodrow Wilson administrations. During World War I, Wilson was president of the Indiana branch of the League to Enforce Peace, resigning in January 1917 because he thought some of its leaders were advocating a world alliance as proposed by President Wilson. During the Harding and Coolidge years, Wilson remained active in business and served as counsel for US oil interests in Latin America. He published a memoir, Diplomatic Episodes in Mexico, Belgium, and Chile in 1927. Wilson died in Indianapolis on December 22, 1932.

From the description of Henry Lane Wilson papers, 1910-1940. (San Leandro Community Library). WorldCat record id: 700518932

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Henry Lane Wilson was born on November 3, 1857 in Crawfordsville, IN, the son of James Wilson, a congressman, soldier in the Mexican and Civil Wars, and diplomat. He graduated from Wabash College in 1879, read law in Indianapolis, and practiced briefly until 1882, when he became the owner and editor of the Lafayette, Indiana, Journal. In 1885 he and his wife Alice moved to Spokane, WA, where he practiced law and engaged in banking and real estate sales. He prospered until 1893, when the financial panic and depression took most of his money. An active Republican, Wilson campaigned for his older brother John, a member of the House of Representatives and Senator from Washington state, and supported Presidents Harrison and McKinley. On June 9, 1897, McKinley appointed him as U.S. Minister to Chile, where he remained until 1904; Theodore Roosevelt appointed him U.S. Minister to Belgium, 1905-10; and he served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, 1910-13, during the Taft and Woodrow Wilson administrations. During World War I, Wilson was president of the Indiana branch of the League to Enforce Peace, resigning in January 1917 because he thought some of its leaders were advocating a world alliance as proposed by President Wilson. During the Harding and Coolidge years, Wilson remained active in business and served as counsel for US oil interests in Latin America. He published a memoir, Diplomatic Episodes in Mexico, Belgium, and Chile in 1927. Wilson died in Indianapolis on December 22, 1932.

From the guide to the Henry Lane Wilson Papers, 1910-40, (University of Southern California. Library. Dept. of Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Jacob Gould Schurman papers, 1867-1942 [1986]. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Root, Elihu, 1845-1937. Papers of Elihu Root, 1863-1937 (bulk 1899-1937). Library of Congress
referencedIn Arthur Bliss Lane papers, 1904-1957 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Bonsal, Stephen, 1865-1951. Papers of Stephen Bonsal, 1890-1973 (bulk 1900-1947). Library of Congress
referencedIn Whittemore, Charles W. Charles W. Whittemore letter : Mexico City : DS, typescript, 1913 Mar. 9. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn O'Shaughnessy family papers, 1899-1937, 1910-1930 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Elihu Root Papers, 1863-1937, (bulk 1899-1937) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
creatorOf Wilson, Henry Lane, 1857-1932. Henry Lane Wilson papers, 1910-1940. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
referencedIn Fairbanks mss., 1819-1939 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
referencedIn Stephen Bonsal Papers, 1890-1973, (bulk 1900-1947) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
creatorOf Sharpe, Julia Graydon, ca. 1857-1939. Papers, 1878-1932 (bulk 1894-1898) Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905. Papers, 1799-1923 (bulk 1846-1906). Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Henry Lane Wilson Papers, 1910-40 University of Southern California. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
referencedIn Schurman, Jacob Gould, 1854-1942. Jacob Gould Schurman papers, 1867-1942, [1986]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf O'Shaughnessy family. O'Shaughnessy family papers, 1899-1937, bulk (1910-1930). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Records of the Ferrocarril Noroeste de México 31769787., 1910-1919 Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin
referencedIn Lane, Arthur Bliss, 1894-1956. Arthur Bliss Lane papers, 1904-1957 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. Woodrow Wilson letter, 1913 Aug. 13. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Hay, John, 1838-1905. Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Willard" to "Yorke". Brown University, John Hay Library
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correspondedWith Bonsal, Stephen, 1865-1951. person
correspondedWith Buckley, William Frank, 1881-1958 person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Fairbanks, Charles W. (Charles Warren), 1852-1918 person
associatedWith Hay, John, 1838-1905. person
associatedWith Jacob Gould, Schurman 1854-1942. person
associatedWith Lane, Arthur Bliss, 1894-1956. person
associatedWith Mexico Northwestern Railway Company. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Shaughnessy family family
associatedWith O'Shaughnessy family. family
associatedWith Root, Elihu, 1845-1937. person
associatedWith Schurman, Jacob Gould, 1854-1942. person
associatedWith Sharpe, Julia Graydon, ca. 1857-1939. person
associatedWith Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905. person
associatedWith Whittemore, Charles W. person
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
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Birth 1857-11-03

Death 1932-12-22

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