Guide to the Col. Edward M. House correspondence, 1896 - 1927 MS 263
Edward Mandell House was born in Houston on July 26, 1858 to Mary Elizabeth (Shearn) and Thomas William House, who was a prominent and wealthy figure in Texas. House attended Cornell University but never graduated. Instead, he returned to Texas during his third year when his father died. House married Loulie Hunter in 1881. In 1892, he successfully managed Texas Governor James Hogg's reelection campaign and was rewarded with the title of Colonel. For the next ten years he served as unofficial advisor to Texas governors and managed several successful gubernatorial campaigns. House then decided to move to New York to pursue bigger political arenas. In November 1911, he met Woodrow Wilson and the two developed a close personal friendship. House remained Wilson's confidant and advisor throughout his presidency; furthermore, House undertook several important European missions for the President, including gaining British and French support for Wilson's Fourteen Points Plan for peace. House died on March 28, 1938 in New York City and was buried in Houston.
This collection contains a compilation of letters to and from Col. House regarding business deals, financial holdings, and politics. The majority of the letters are addressed to Thomas C. Dunn. Other correspondents include: Dewitt C. Dunn, Secretary McAdoo of the Treasury Department, and Paul M. Warburg. Topics discussed include real estate, federal and regional reserve banks.
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This material is open for research, but may not be photocopied.
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission to publish material from the Col. Edward M. House Correspondence must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Col. Edward M. House Correspondence, 1896-1927, MS 263, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
This collection was a gift donated to Fondren by Mrs. Tom Martin Davis, Jr. on February 17, 1958.
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