William D. Leahy

1875 - 1959

William D. Leahy

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 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 473,913 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 1,072nd most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, William D. Leahy ranks 1,075 out of 1,194Before him are Aleksandr Baryatinsky, Christopher Cradock, Ivan Tyulenev, Nathanael Greene, Lawrence Oates, and Tom Phillips. After him are Thomas Gage, Ziba Ganiyeva, J. E. B. Stuart, Josias von Heeringen, Filipp Oktyabrsky, and Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke.

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Among people born in 1875, William D. Leahy ranks 106Before him are Friedrich von Huene, Ramiro de Maeztu, Harriet Quimby, George Larner, Milan Neralić, and Eusebio Ayala. After him are Otto Ender, Luigi Carnera, Uemura Shōen, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Adolfo Díaz, and Fritz Manteuffel. Among people deceased in 1959, William D. Leahy ranks 104Before him are Alfonso López Pumarejo, Pierre Frieden, Esfir Shub, Heleno de Freitas, Edmund Goulding, and Roald Larsen. After him are Ernst Fast, Maxwell Anderson, Eero Lehtonen, George Albert Smith, Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda, and William J. Donovan.

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Among people born in United States, William D. Leahy ranks 4,379 out of 12,171Before him are Donald Byrd (1932), Richard Carpenter (1946), Oswald Veblen (1880), Milo Ventimiglia (1977), Lena Horne (1917), and David Bushnell (1742). After him are Michael Kahn (1935), Lauren Holly (1963), Tim Kang (1973), Eric Shinseki (1942), John C. Frémont (1813), and Greg Mankiw (1958).