Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Biography Podcast 0001: General Edward Logan

The first episode of the podcast - General Edward Logan. This is the first in a series of podcasts covering the biographies of the people for which airports were named. Enjoy!

A jurist, law maker, soldier and the son of a soldier, Edward Lawrence Logan, was born in and a life-long resident of, South Boston, MA. Born in 1875 to a military family, Edward Logan attended Boston Latin high school and then Harvard University.

In 1897, before he could complete his degree however, Logan left Harvard to enlist in the 9th Infantry of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia where he served under his father and rapidly was promoted to regimental sergeant major, the highest enlisted rank.. In the spring and summer of 1898, Logan saw action in the Spanish-American war before mustering out in the fall and returning to Harvard to complete his degree and enroll in Harvard Law School, from which he received his Baccalaureate of Laws in 1901.

After graduation Logan returned to his unit while at the same time building his law practice and becoming politically active in Boston. In 1911, the 36 year old Logan was promoted to major, and the following year took command of the 9th as its colonel. In March, 1917, Logan's unit was mobilised to guard installations in anticipation of the US declaration of war on Germany (see World War I). After several months of guard duty, the 9th was redesignated as the U.S. 101st Infantry Regiment and assigned to the U.S. 26th Infantry Division, organized from the National Guards of the New England states. Logan accompanied his troops to France in command of the 101st. In April 1919, the regiment was relieved of active duty, and Logan oversaw its reorganisation into the Massachusetts National Guard. In January 1921 Logan was promoted to brigadier general and took command of the 1st Infantry Brigade. In March 1923 he was promoted to major general and given command of the 26th Division. As its first post-war commander, General Logan was responsible for reorganizing and training the division as a completely Massachusetts unit. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1928.

Logan served twenty-five years as a judge in the South Boston District Court, and was a Boston city councillor and a member of both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Senate. Throughout the remainder of his life, Logan achieved prominence as an advocate for veterans as the state commander of the American Legion and president of the National Guard Association. General Logan retired from the Guard in 1938 and passed away the following year, 1939.

In 1956, Boston Airport was officially renamed the General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport in a public ceremony.


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