Presidential Cabinet Secretary, US Diplomat. A Harvard University graduate, in 1905 he left the JP Morgan firm to become Assistant Secretary of State. He held this position until he was appointed Secretary of State by President Theodore Roosevelt, serving from January 27, 1909 to March 5, 1909. In 1909 President William Howard Taft appointed him Ambassador to France. Upon returning to the United States in 1912 he journeyed to South America on behalf of the Carnegie Endowment. In 1914 he returned to France and played the key role in establishing an ambulance corps to assist Allied soldiers. Upon the United States' entry into World War I he accepted a Major's commission and received the Distinguished Service Medal for his work as General John J. Pershing's aide and commander of his headquarters. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, Bacon served as a liaison officer at British Headquarters. After the armistice he returned home in ill health and died from surgery complications. His son Robert Low Bacon was a Congressman from New York.
Bio by: Bill McKern
Martha Waldron Cowdin Bacon
Gravesite Details Re-interment from Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.