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Colonel House: A Biography of Woodrow Wilson's Silent Partner Cover Image
ISBN: 9780195045505
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 31st, 2014

Edward M. House was born in Houston in 1858, the son of T.W. House, a successful entrepreneur and mayor of the city. A man who lived his life mostly in the shadows, Edward M. House was a Texas landowner who in the 1890s led a powerful faction of the Texas Democratic Party, influential in the election of four governors. With Woodrow Wilson's election to the presidency in 1912, House became the new president's chief political advisor and played a key role in international diplomacy. He attended the 1919 Paris Peace Conference as a delegate, although the intimate friendship between the president and his advisor ultimately unraveled in the wake of these negotiations. In this fascinating, seminal biography, Charles E. Neu (professor of history emeritus at Brown University), details the life of "Colonel" House, who became the first in a long series of Texas politicians to achieve national and even international fame.