William D. Leahy

1875 - 1959

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Fleet Admiral William Daniel Leahy (May 6, 1875 – July 20, 1959) was an American naval officer who served as the senior-most United States military officer on active duty during World War II. He held multiple titles and was at the center of all major military decisions the United States made in World War II. As Chief of Naval Operations from 1937 to 1939, he was the senior officer in the United States Navy, overseeing the preparations for war. After retiring from the Navy, he was appointed in 1939 by his close friend President Franklin D. Roosevelt as Governor of Puerto Rico. In his most controversial role, he served as the United States Ambassador to France 1940–42, but had limited success in keeping the Vichy government free of German control. Leahy was recalled to active duty as the personal Chief of Staff to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 and served in that position throughout World War II. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William D. Leahy has received more than 624,395 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). William D. Leahy is the 1,211th most popular military personnel (down from 1,075th in 2019), the 4,535th most popular biography from United States (down from 4,376th in 2019) and the 76th most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, William D. Leahy ranks 1,211 out of 1,466Before him are Miguel Grau Seminario, Leo Phokas the Younger, José Enrique Varela, Datames, Dmitry Senyavin, and Georges Thierry d'Argenlieu. After him are Horatio Gates, Leonhard Kaupisch, José de Palafox y Melci, 1st Duke of Zaragoza, John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher, Ivan Sidorenko, and Ali Aaltonen.

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Among people born in 1875, William D. Leahy ranks 101Before him are Paul Freiherr von Eltz-Rübenach, Otto Strandman, Alexander Goldenweiser, Felix Hamrin, Otto Gessler, and Ramiro de Maeztu. After him are Henning Jakob Henrik Lund, Henri Callot, Kunio Yanagita, Reginald Punnett, Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos, and Georgios Papasideris. Among people deceased in 1959, William D. Leahy ranks 98Before him are Irving Cummings, Henri Vidal, Johan Bojer, Kazimierz Bein, Esfir Shub, and Carlos Viegas Gago Coutinho. After him are Erhard Schmidt, Aleksandr Khinchin, Alfonso López Pumarejo, Lou Costello, Ernst Fast, and William J. Donovan.

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Among people born in United States, William D. Leahy ranks 4,535 out of 15,968Before him are Grace Park (1974), Robert Prosky (1930), Doug Clifford (1945), Vanilla Ice (1967), James Redfield (1950), and Jerry Lucas (1940). After him are Ed O'Ross (1949), Dr. John (1941), Gregg Allman (1947), Jeffrey Sachs (1954), Martha Hyer (1924), and Roy Rogers (1911).


Among military personnels born in United States, William D. Leahy ranks 76Before him are Albert Sidney Johnston (1803), George Dewey (1837), Nelson A. Miles (1839), Frank Serpico (1936), Joseph Hooker (1814), and Christine Jorgensen (1926). After him are William Guarnere (1923), Robert Anderson (1805), Eddie Slovik (1920), J. E. B. Stuart (1833), George Pickett (1825), and Robert Gould Shaw (1837).