Hines, John Leonard
- Louis Arthur Peake
Hines, John Leonard (21 May 1868–13 October 1968), officer, general, and chief of staff of the U.S. Army, was born in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, the son of Irish immigrants Edward Hines, a merchant and postmaster, and Mary Leonard. His early formal education began at a small private school (now Concord College) in Athens, West Virginia, where he studied to become a teacher. However, his education was cut short by an epidemic of smallpox in 1886. His desire for a better education—not martial glory—led him to take the competitive examinations for an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point....