HEROES: The Short Adventure

When Henry Lewis Stimson was 60, he sailed off to become the governor general of the Philippines. Cal Coolidge was President and the year was 1928. Stimson mellowly described the trip as "a last short adventure before old age."

The short adventure lasted nearly two decades of U.S. peace, depression and total war, for the best years of Henry Stimson's life were still ahead of him. He was to become first Herbert Hoover's Secretary of State, then—at 72—Franklin Roosevelt's gruff, wise and trusted wartime Secretary of War. Only last week did the long...

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