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"ROBERT BACON (1860-1919), American banker, was born in Boston, Mass., July 5 1860. He graduated from Harvard in 1880 (in the class with Theodore Roosevelt), and the following year entered the banking house of Lee, Higginson & Co., in Boston. In 1883 he became a member of the firm of E. Rollins Morse & Bro., and in 1894 joined the house of J. P. Morgan & Co., in New York. After conspicuous success in the financial world he resigned in 1903. He was Assistant Secretary of State, 1905-9, and then for a short time was Secretary of State, succeeding Elihu Root on the latter's election to the Senate. He was ambassador to France from 1909 to 1912. He attended the first Plattsburg Camp and was commissioned major in the U.S. Reserves in 1917, being assigned to the staff of Gen. Pershing with the A.E.F. in France. He returned to America with the rank of colonel, in 1918, and died in New York City, May 29 1919.

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