Chief of Staff

Timothy K. Nenninger and Charles Pelot Summerall

in The Way of Duty, Honor, Country

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126180
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135649 | DOI:
Chief of Staff

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The announcement of Charles Summerall's appointment by President Coolidge as chief of staff of the army was received by the press, the country, and the army with general approval. The first and most urgent duty was to familiarize himself with the budget, which had been prepared for the next fiscal year. Many matters in the War Department arose for study, decision, or recommendation. Social demands at once claimed most of his evenings. The greatest evil in the War Department was the continued reappointment of chiefs of bureaus, contrary to the intent of the law, which said that they should be appointed for four years. From that time, he had no better friend than the president. As a result of his recommendation, on February 23, 1929, Charles was made a full general. After the War Council on April 20, 1930, he left a clean desk and ended his active career.

Keywords: President Coolidge; Fort Myer; Charles Summerall; chief of staff; War Department; general; War Council

Chapter.  9814 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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