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Willard Dickerman Straight
Willard Dickerman Straight
  • Born 31 January 1880 - Oswego, Oswego Co., NY
  • Deceased 1 December 1918 - Paris, France,aged 38 years old
  • Buried - American Cem., Suresnes, France
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"An orphan, Straight was born in Oswego, New York. He attended Bordentown Military Institute in New Jersey and in 1897, he enrolled at Cornell University and graduated in 1901 with a degree in architecture. While a student at Cornell, he joined Delta Tau Delta, edited and contributed to several publications, and helped to organize Dragon Day, an annual architecture students event.
After graduating he was appointed to the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service in Peking. While in the Far East, he worked as a Reuters correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War and then went on to serve as American Vice-Counsel in Seoul, Korea and then Havana, Cuba. He returned to China in 1906 as American Consul-General at Mukden, Manchuria. He then went on to work for J. P. Morgan & Co..
Straight married Dorothy Payne Whitney, a member of the prominent Whitney family in 1911. In 1915, Straight and his wife began the publication of The New Republic, a weekly Political magazine. In 1917, they helped to found Asia Magazine, a prominent academic journal on China. He then left J.P. Morgan and went to work for American International Corporation.
During 1915, Straight became involved with the Preparedness Movement, and when the United States entered World War One, he joined in the US Army. His service in Europe won him the Distinguished Service Medal and he was promoted to the rank of Major. He died of pneumonia (a complication of the Spanish Flu) in Paris while working to arrange for the arrival of the American Mission to the Paris Peace Conference. He was burried in the American cemetary at Suresnes, outside of Paris.
His wife donated a large portion of money to Cornell to build the school's first student union building which was named in his honor."

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|2_Henry Harrison Straight 1846-1886
|--1_Willard Dickerman Straight 1880-1918
|3_Emma Dickerman 1850-1890