William Edward Dodd

William Edward Dodd

Birth
Clayton, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA
Death 9 Feb 1940 (aged 70)
Rock Hill, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Section L; Lot 37; Site 4
Memorial ID 72784287 · View Source
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In 1933, history professor, William E. Dodd would step outside his comfort zone of teaching as the became United States Ambassador to Germany during the rise of Hitler's domination. Dodd was educated at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and earned his Ph.D. in Germany at the University of Leipzig at the turn of the century.

As an educator and writer, Dodd was a biographer and admirer of Woodrow Wilson writing the book "Woodrow Wilson and His Work." Professor Dodd was teaching at the University of Chicago at the time of his appointment to Germany. Dodd also toiled on a multi-volume series he titled "The Rise and Fall of the Old South" an in-depth study of early southern United States history, which he never completed.

Upon accepting the post of Ambassador, Dodd moved his wife, Mattie and his two adult children, William E. "Bill" Dodd and his daughter, Martha Dodd. They would remain in Berlin with him until his release from his Ambassadorship in December of 1937.

William E. Dodd's tenure as Ambassador to Germany is described by Erik Larson in his historical non-fiction book "In the Garden of Beasts." The United States main objective for Dodd was for him to secure repayment for loans the country had made to Germany. Dodd became concerned at the power weilding appetites within the Nazi party that would culminate in a massacre of German military and political leaders on June 30, 1934. Hitler would eventually take over as Furer and Reich Chancellor.

Dodd died in February of 1940 at his beloved home and working farm in Round Hill, Virginia. Mattie had predeceased him in 1938, less than five months after their arrival stateside. He was buried at his farm initially. In 1946, his daughter Martha, had him reinterred at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington D. C.


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  • Created by: Scout Finch
  • Added: 5 Jul 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 72784287
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Edward Dodd (21 Oct 1869–9 Feb 1940), Find a Grave Memorial no. 72784287, citing Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Scout Finch (contributor 47112463) .