Straight, Willard Dickerman, 1880-1918

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Willard D. Straight was born on January 31, 1880 in Oswego, New York. His father died in 1886; the following year Straight and his family moved to Japan. In 1890 his mother died and he returned to Oswego. He attended Bordentown Military Institute in New Jersey, 1896-97, and majored in architecture at Cornell University, 1897-1901. In November 1901 he was appointed to a position with the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service, and from 1902-04 he was personal secretary and assistant to Sir Robert Hart, Inspector General of the Service in Peking. Also in 1902, he illustrated VERSE AND WORSE for J.O.P. Bland. He served as a Reuters war correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904-05, traveling to Japan and Korea in 1904 and China in 1905. That June he was appointed Vice-Consul under Edwin V. Morgan in Seoul, Korea. The consulate closed in November, and Straight was appointed to the same post under Morgan in Havana, Cuba. In June 1906 he was appointed Consul-General at Mukden, Manchuria. In November 1907 he met William Howard Taft in Vladivostok to discuss possible investments in China. In 1909 he illustrated HOUSEBOAT DAYS IN CHINA, again for Bland. That June he left the consular service to represent J.P. Morgan and Company and other banks and investors, the American Group. The next year he negotiated Chinese currency reform and an industrial development loan for the American group.

In 1911, Straight married Dorothy Payne Whitney. They left China in 1912 when revolution broke out, returning to the United States. Straight continued his association with J.P. Morgan and also continued to encourage investment in China through the American Asiatic Association, of which he was elected president in 1913. In 1914, the Straights began publication of THE NEW REPUBLIC. In 1915 Straight resigned from J.P. Morgan and was appointed third vice president of American International Corporation, work which took him to Europe in 1916. In the summers of 1915 and 1916 he attended U.S. Army training camps, strongly supporting the Preparedness Movement. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917. In 1918, while arranging for the arrival of the American Peace Mission in Paris, Straight contracted pneumonia, and died on December 1, 1918.

From the description of Willard Dickerman Straight papers, 1825-1925. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64031845

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referencedIn Henry Prather Fletcher Papers, 1898-1958 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Willard Dickerman Straight papers, 1825-1925 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Straight, Willard Dickerman, 1880-1918. Willard Straight papers at Cornell University, 1857-1925 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-1938 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Henry Prather Fletcher Papers, 1898-1958 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Swanberg, W. A., 1907-. W. A. Swanberg Papers, ca.1927-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Rauchway, Eric. Empire and Progress for America: Willard Straight from China to the New Republic, 1994. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Reinsch, Paul Samuel, 1869-1923. Papers, 1835-1924, 1963. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Stephens, H. Morse (Henry Morse), 1857-1919. Henry Morse Stephens papers, 1894-1922. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Andrews, Eugene Plumb, 1866-1957. Eugene Plumb Andrews papers, 1895-1956. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Manuscript copies, 18-- - 19--. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Charles Henry Hull papers, 1850-1945. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Croly, Herbert David, 1869-1930. Herbert David Croly papers, [ca.1922-1924]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-2007 (inclusive), 1885-1938 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Roberts, Priscilla Mary. Willard Straight and World War I : a case study in internationalism, 1984. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Straight, Willard. Concerto for piano and orchestra / Willard Straight. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt, 1861-1933. Papers, 1847-1933 Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Wendell family papers, 1620-1921 Houghton Library
referencedIn Burr, George Lincoln, 1857-1938. George Lincoln Burr papers, 1861-1942. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Scheiber, Harry N., b. 1935. Harry N. Scheiber miscellany, 1970. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Hull, Charles Henry, b. 1864. Charles Henry Hull papers, 1850-1945. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Edward Mandell House papers, 1885-2007, 1885-1938 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Willard Dickerman Straight papers, 1825-1925 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers, 1887-1978, 1887-1926 (bulk) Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Elmhirst, Dorothy Whitney Straight, 1887-1968. Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers, 1887-1978, 1887-1926 (bulk). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Straight, Willard. David and Jonathan / libretto and music by Willard Straight ; piano-vocal reduction by the composer. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958. Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960 (inclusive), 1892-1958 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960, 1892-1958 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Rockhill, William Woodville, 1854-1914. Papers, 1826-1941 Houghton Library
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associatedWith American Asiatic Association. corporateBody
associatedWith American Group. corporateBody
associatedWith American International Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Andrews, Eugene Plumb, 1866-1957. person
associatedWith Bennett, George Collingwood. person
associatedWith Bland, J. O. P. (John Otway Percy), 1863-1945. person
associatedWith Bordentown Military Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Burr, George Lincoln, 1857-1938. person
associatedWith Charles Henry Hull, b. 1864. person
associatedWith China. Hai guan zong shui wu si shu. corporateBody
associatedWith Cornell University corporateBody
associatedWith Croly, Herbert David, 1869-1930. person
associatedWith Elmhirst, Dorothy Payne Whitney Straight. person
associatedWith Elmhirst, Dorothy Whitney Straight, 1887-1968. person
associatedWith Fletcher, Henry Prather, 1873-1959. person
associatedWith Harriman, Edward Henry, 1848-1909. person
associatedWith Hart, Robert, Sir. person
associatedWith House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. person
associatedWith Hull, Charles Henry, b. 1864. person
associatedWith J.P. Morgan & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Morgan, Edwin Vernon. person
associatedWith Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913. person
associatedWith New York (N.Y.). Mayor's Committee on National Defense. corporateBody
associatedWith Pershing, J. J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948. person
associatedWith Rauchway, Eric. person
associatedWith Red Cross and Red Crescent. corporateBody
associatedWith Reinsch, Paul Samuel, 1869-1923. person
associatedWith Reuters ltd. corporateBody
associatedWith Roberts, Priscilla Mary. person
correspondedWith Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt, 1861-1933 person
correspondedWith Rockhill, William Woodville, 1854-1914 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Scheiber, Harry N., b. 1935. person
associatedWith Schiff, Jacob H. (Jacob Henry), 1847-1920. person
associatedWith Stephens, H. Morse (Henry Morse), 1857-1919. person
associatedWith Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958. person
associatedWith Straight, Dorothy Payne Whitney. person
associatedWith Swanberg, W. A., 1907- person
associatedWith Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930. person
associatedWith United States. Army. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Bureau of War Risk Insurance. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of State. corporateBody
correspondedWith Wendell family. family
associatedWith Willard Dickerman, Straight 1880-1918. person
associatedWith Willard Straight Hall (Ithaca, N.Y.) corporateBody
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United States
China
China
East Asia
Japan
Manchuria (China)
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Artists
Operas--Vocal scores with piano
Illustrators
World War, 1914-1918
International finance
Military education
Concertos (Piano)--2 piano scores
Russo--Japanese War, 1904-1905
International relations
Diplomatic and consular service
Diplomats
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Birth 1880-01-31

Death 1918-12-01

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