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secretary to the President , army officer.

Edwin Martin Watson, American secretary to the President, army officer. Decorated Silver Star with oak leaf cluster (United States); Chevalier of Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre with palm (France); Commander Order of Crown, Officer Order of Leopold (Belgium); Commander National Order of Southern Cross (Brazil); Silver Cross (Sweden); Star of Abdon Calderon (Ecuador); Order of Danilo I (Montenegro).


Watson, Edwin Martin was born on December 10, 1883 in Eufaula, Alabama, United States. Son of Peter Penn and Addie (Martin) Watson.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1908.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, United States Army, 1908, and advanced through the grades to brigadier general, April 1939, major-general, October 1940. Served with 11th Infantry, Fort Russell, Wyoming, 1908-1910. Aide-de-camp to Brig.

General Frederick A. Smith, Department of Missouri, Omaha, Nebraska, 1910-1912. With 24th Infantry, Philippines, 1912-1915. First lieutenant 28th Infantry, Galveston, Texas, 1915.

Military aide to President Wilson, 1915-1917. Major 12th Field Artillery, with American Expeditionary Forces at Toulon-Troyon, Aisne, Aisne-Marne and St. Mihiel campaigns, 1918. Lieutenant colonel St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives, with 15th Field Artillery, 77th Division, 1918.

Junior aide to President Wilson at Paris and United States and chief of Military Section, Peace Conference, Paris, in charge of all functions at the President’s official residence, Paris, and the arrangements of all the President’s visits to foreign countries, including England, Italy, and Belgium, 1918-1920. Attended French artillery schools, 1920-1922. Student office Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1923-1924.

Executive officer Field Artillery group, Organized Reserves, 2d Corps, New York, 1924-1926, Command and General staff schedul, Fort Leavenworth, 1926-1927. Military attache, American Embassy, Brussels, 1927-1931. Military aide to President Roosevelt, 1933-1941, secretary since April 1939.


Clubs: University (New York).


Married Frances Nash, August 31, 1920.

Peter Penn Watson

Addie (Martin) Watson

Frances Nash