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Henry Cabot Lodge : biography

May 12, 1850 - November 9, 1924

Henry Cabot "Slim" Lodge (May 12, 1850 November 9, 1924) was an American Republican Senator and historian from Massachusetts. He was also a friend and confidant of Theodore RooseveltDonald, Aida D. "Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt," New York: Basic Books, 2007, p. 51.. He had the role (but not the title) of Senate Majority leader. He is best known for his positions on foreign policy, especially his battle with President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 over the Treaty of Versailles. Lodge demanded Congressional control of declarations of war; Wilson refused and the United States Senate never ratified the Treaty nor joined the League of Nations.


  • 1877. Life and letters of George Cabot. Little, Brown.
  • 1882. Alexander Hamilton.
  • 1883. Daniel Webster. Houghton Mifflin.
  • 1889. George Washington. (2 volumes). Houghton Mifflin.
  • 1891. Boston (Historic Towns series). Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • 1895. Hero tales from American history. With Theodore Roosevelt. Century.
  • 1898. The story of the Revolution. (2 volumes). Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • 1902. A Fighting Frigate, and Other Essays and Addresses. Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • 1906. A Frontier Town and Other Essays". Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • 1909. The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose. (10 volumes). With Francis Whiting Halsey. Funk & Wagnalls.
  • 1910. The History of Nations. H. W. Snow.
  • 1913. Early Memories. Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • 1915. The Democracy of the Constitution, and Other Addresses and Essays. Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • 1919. Theodore Roosevelt. Houghton Mifflin.
  • 1921. The Senate of the United States and other essays and addresses, historical and literary. Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • 1925. The Senate and the League of Nations. Charles Scribner's Sons.

Personal life

In 1871, he married Anna "Nannie" Cabot Mills Davis, daughter of Admiral Charles Henry Davis. They had three children: Constance Davis Lodge (1872–??), noted poet George Cabot Lodge (1873–1909), and John Ellerton Lodge (1876–1942), an art curator. His grandsons, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1902–85) and John Davis Lodge (1903–85) also became politicians.http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=L000395

On November 8, 1924, Lodge suffered a severe stroke while recovering in the hospital from surgery for gallstones. He died four days later at the age of 74. He was interred in the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early life

Lodge was born in Beverly, Massachusetts. His father was John Ellerton Lodge. His mother was Anna Cabot, through whom he was a great-grandson of George Cabot. Lodge grew up on Boston's Beacon Hill and spent part of his childhood in Nahant, Massachusetts where he witnessed the 1860 kidnapping of a classmate and gave testimony leading to the arrest and conviction of the kidnappers. He was cousin to the American polymath Charles Peirce.

In 1872, he graduated from Harvard College, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, the Porcellian Club, and the Hasty Pudding Club. In 1874, he graduated from Harvard Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1875, practicing at the Boston firm now known as Ropes & Gray.Brauer, Carl M. "Ropes & Gray 1865–1992," Boston: Thomas Todd Company, 1991. After traveling through Europe, Lodge returned to Harvard, and in 1876, became the first student of Harvard University to graduate with a Ph.D. in Political Science.David R. Roediger, Working toward Whiteness : How America's Immigrants Became White : The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs, (New York: Basic Books, 2005), 14.

His teacher and mentor during his graduate studies was Henry Adams; Lodge would maintain a lifelong friendship with Adams. Lodge wrote his dissertation on the ancient Germanic origins of Anglo-Saxon government. 
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