Edward Mandell House


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(1858–1938), Texas-born statesman, was instrumental in nominating Wilson for the presidency (1912), afterward becoming the chief executive's intimate adviser and “other self.” He interviewed diplomats and rulers in attempts to avert war (1914–15); was a special representative at the Inter-Allied Conference of premiers and foreign ministers for coordination of war activities (1917); represented the U.S. on the Supreme War Council; gathered and prepared data for the Peace Conference; helped draft the Treaty of Versailles; was on the commission that drafted the Covenant of the League of Nations; and was a member of the Commission on Mandates (1919). He wrote Philip Dru, Administrator: A Story of Tomorrow, 1920–1935 (1912), an anonymous novel whose proposed governmental reforms helped cement his friendship with Wilson. The Intimate Papers of Colonel House (4 vols., 1926–28) form a valuable source of information on American relations during World War I.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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