Born at Rockland, Maine, December 6, 1859, he received an A.B. degree from Colby College in 1884 and an M.E. degree in 1889 from the same school and an LLD degree from Tufts College in 1929. He married Annie Stuart Waldo, September 9, 1885.
He was employed in newspaper work and served as a Clerk, Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives until 1898.
He was appointed Major, Additional Provost Marshal of U.S. Volunteers, May 17, 1898 and served in the Spanish-American War. He was honorably discharged, May 7, 1901. He was then appointed Captain, Provost Marshal, U.S. Army, February 5, 1901 and thereafter promoted through the grades to Brigadier General, July 15, 1919. He retired from the Army on June 30, 1922.
He was appointed assistant to Major General Goethals, with the title Finance Director, October 1918; Chief of Finance, U.S. Army, July 1920. Served as Army Liberty Bond Loan Officer during World War I. Director, U.S. Bureau of the Budget, July 1, 1922-May 31, 1929. He was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for “exceptionally meritorious service” as Assistant to the Quartermaster General and as Army Director of Finance. He was a Republican and a Christian Scientist.
He died in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1930 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
His son, Brigadier General Kenneth Prince Lord, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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