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William J. Donovan. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-109385).


Donovan, William Joseph (01 January 1883–08 February 1959), lawyer, soldier, and intelligence official, was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Timothy Patrick Donovan, a railroad yardmaster, and Anna Letitia Lennon. After starting college at Niagara University, Donovan transferred to Columbia University from which he received an A.B. in 1905 and an LL.B. in 1907. He joined the law firm of Love and Keating in Buffalo. In 1912 he and Bradley Goodyear formed a partnership that merged with Buffalo’s leading firm, O’Brian and Hamlin, to become O’Brian Hamlin Donovan and Goodyear. Hamlin’s withdrawal led to the firm’s dissolution in 1920. Meanwhile, in 1914, Donovan married socially prominent Ruth Rumsey. They had two children....


Glassford, Pelham Davis (08 August 1883–09 August 1959), army officer and public safety official, was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, the son of William Alexander Glassford, an army officer, and Allie Davis. He ranked eighteenth of 124 graduates in his West Point class (1904), leading all cadets in Spanish and drawing. Commissioned in the field artillery, he spent three years on the faculty at West Point and was a captain when the United States declared war on Germany. Arriving in France in an early echelon of the American Expeditionary Force, Glassford instructed at artillery schools until July 1918, when he gained command of the 103d Field Artillery. That October he took over the Fifty-first Field Artillery Brigade, making him the country’s youngest general. His troops fought in the Marne defensive and the St. Mihiel salient. He was wounded by shellfire and decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal and the Silver Star....


O’Neill, Buckey (02 February 1860–01 July 1898), lawman, newspaper editor, and soldier, was born William Owen O’Neill, probably in St. Louis, Missouri, although his birth record is lost, and he gave variously St. Louis and Ireland as his birthplace. He was the son of Irish immigrant parents, John Owen O’Neill and Mary McMenimin, and was raised in Washington, D.C., where his father, disabled from wounds he received during the Civil War, worked for the Treasury Department....