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Michael Joseph Lenihan, American army officer. Decorated Commander Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre with 3 palms (French); Order of the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. member General Staff Corps, 1906-1910.


Lenihan, Michael Joseph was born on May 2, 1865 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of James and Catherine (Granger) Lenihan.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1887, Infantry and Cavalry School, 1891, Army War College, 1917, Naval War College, 1921. Doctor of Laws, Holy Cross College, Massachusetts, 1925.


Commissioned add. Second lieutenant 25th Infantry, June 12, 1887. Promoted through grades to colonel, May 15, 1917. Brigadier general National Army, August 5, 1917.

Brigadier general regular army, October 11, 1925. Professor military science and tactics, Seton Hall College, South Orange, New Jersey, 1893-1897. In Cuba, 1899, Philippines, 1899-1902.

Member General Staff Corps, 1906-1910. In Hawaii, 1913-1916. At Army War College, 1916-1917.

Commander 83d Infantry Brig., August 1917. Commander 153d Infantry Brig., November 1918. In France, October 1917-April 1919.

Army instructor, Naval War College, 1921-1924. Commanded 3d Division, 1928-1929. Retired May 2, 1929.


Member General Staff Corps, 1906-1910.


Married Mathilde O’Toole, 1891 (died August 29, 1934).; married second, Mina Ward, 1938. Children: Eleanora (Mistress.

James Lenihan

Catherine (Granger) Lenihan

Mathilde O’Toole

Mina Ward

Eleanora (Mrs Lenihan