About Brig. General Cornelius W. Wickersham
Cornelius Wendell Wickersham (June 25, 1885– January 31, 1968) was a United States army officer, a lawyer and an awarded author of philatelic literature.
Cornelius Wendell Wickersham was born on June 25, 1885 in Greenwich, Connecticut as a son of George W. Wickersham, an American lawyer and future United States Attorney General.
In 1906 Wickershem graduated from Harvard. In 1909 he obtained his law degree from the same university. In 1914 je joined the Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, law firm in New York City in which his father was a partner.
He practised law for a sixty year career at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft in New York City where his father worked. He ended a senior partner in that firm.
Enlisted in 1915 in the New York Cavalry and subsequently served with the 12th New York Infantry in the Mexican Border Campaign between 1916 and 1918. During World War I, Wickersham was sent to the Europe with IV Corps as Acting Assistant Chief of Staff. He distinguished himself during the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, when he was participated in the preparation and execution of the IV Corps attack. For this service, Major Wickersham was awarded with the Army Distinguished Service Medal.
In Inter-war era, Wickersham commanded 306th and 153rd Infantry Brigades.
During World War II, in 1942, he became the first commandant and director of the School of Military Government, created in the University of Virginia.
Promoted up to Brigadier general, he was deputy to Lieutenant General Arthur Edward Grassett's, chief of European Allied Contact Section in the SHAEF staff of General Dwight Eisenhower.
After the war, he was appointed a Assistant's deputy to the Lieutenant General Lucius D. Clay, Deputy Military-Governor American Zone of Occupation Germany.
Thanks to his collection of postage stamps of Venezuela, he published The Early Stamps of Venezuela in 1956. He wrote articles about other countries at well in philatelic publications.
He was awarded the Lichtenstein Medal, which is given to a living individual for outstanding service to philately, by the Collectors Club of New York in 1959.
Governor of the Collectors Club, he was its President in 1956. He presided the Jury of the 1956 New York international exhibition.
Brigadier General Cornelius W. Wickersham died on January 31, 1968, aged 82 in Mineola, New York.