Although his name has long been associated with a Missouri Army post, Major General Leonard Wood was born in 1860 in Winchester, New Hampshire, and later graduated from Harvard Medical School. Wood was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor in 1898 for his service as a medical and line officer during the campaign against Geronimo.
During the Spanish-American War, he commanded the 1st Volunteer Cavalry (Rough Riders) alongside Teddy Roosevelt, who served as his second in command. He would go on to complete many other interesting assignments throughout his military career including service as military governor of Cuba and Chief of Staff of the Army. General Wood also helped train the 10th and 89th Infantry Divisions for service in Europe during World War I and, in 1920, was an unsuccessful Republican nominee for president. Wood later served several years as Governor General of the Philippines but passed away in Boston, Massachusetts on August 7, 1927 from complications related to a surgery for a brain tumor. He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery; however, his brain has been preserved and is on display in Sterling Hall at Yale University's School of Medicine.