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Harry Hines Woodring

In office
September 25, 1936 – June 20, 1940
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by George Dern
Succeeded by Henry L. Stimson

Born May 31, 1890
Elk City, Kansas
Died September 9, 1967
Topeka, Kansas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Helen Coolidge
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Second Lieutenant
Battles/wars World War I

In office
January 12, 1931 – January 9, 1933
Lieutenant Jacob W. Graybill
Preceded by Clyde M. Reed
Succeeded by Alfred M. Landon

Profession accountant, banker, soldier,
Religion Disciples of Christ

Harry Hines Woodring (May 31, 1890 – September 9, 1967) was a U.S. political figure. He was born in 1890 in Elk City, Kansas. He was educated in city and county schools and at sixteen began work as a janitor in the First National Bank of Neodesha, Kansas. He briefly attended business college, which gained him employment as a bookkeeper and assistant cashier of the First National Bank in Elk City. He soon became assistant cashier at the First National Bank of Neodesha. Woodring moved up quickly to become vice president and owner of the bank until he enlisted as a private in the US military; later commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Tank Corps in World War I. He was elected department commander of the American Legion in Kansas then in 1928 he sold his banking business to enter politics.

Woodring won the Kansas gubernatorial election of 1930 in a controversial three-way race with Republican Frank Haucke and write-in candidate and goat-gland transplantation specialist, Dr. John Brinkley. He served as governor of Kansas from 1931 to 1933. He then married Helen Coolidge and served as Assistant Secretary of War from 1933 to 1936, with supervision over procurement matters. He was promoted and served as Secretary of War under President Franklin Roosevelt from 1936 to 1940. He projected the recommendations of his predecessor for increasing the strength of the Regular Army, National Guard, and the Reserve Corps. During his tenure he directed a revision of mobilization plans to bring personnel and procurement into balance and stressed the need to perfect the initial (peacetime) protective force. An isolationist, he was asked to resign in 1940 after disagreeing publicly with the administration's policy of shipping war materials to Britain. Woodring ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Kansas in 1946, and for the Democratic Party nomination for that post in 1956. He died following a stroke in Topeka, Kansas on September 9, 1967. He is buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka, Kansas.

Woodring was the son in law of Massachusetts Senator Marcus A. Coolidge.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Clyde M. Reed
Governor of Kansas
January 12, 1931 – January 9, 1933
Succeeded by
Alfred M. Landon
Preceded by
George H. Dern
United States Secretary of War
September 25, 1936 – June 20, 1940
Succeeded by
Henry L. Stimson

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