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Featured Acquisition: Portrait of Leonard Wood

Zaida Ben-Yusuf, photographer. Major Gen. Leonard Wood
Zaida Ben-Yusuf, photographer. Major Gen. Leonard Wood, The governor gen.[eral] of Cuba. Photographic print, copyright 1900.

A rare image by fine art photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf was located during the Library's recent review of historic copyright deposits. Ben-Yusuf's brief career lasted from 1896 until about 1915, and the Library is aiding the study and rediscovery of her work. This distinguished portrait of Major General Leonard Wood was taken while he was the Military Governor of Cuba between 1898 and 1902.

Leonard Wood (1860-1927) graduated from Harvard Medical School and joined the Army Medical Department in 1885. While serving as an attending surgeon in Washington, D.C., he met Theodore Roosevelt. During the 1898 war with Spain, they became prominent as the commanders of the 1st Volunteer Cavalry regiment, popularly known as the Rough Riders. Wood's later appointments included Army Chief of Staff and Governor General of the Philippines. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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