“There is a wonderful mythical law that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.”
– Peyton March
Dear LIving and Giving readers,
Give it someone else. Have Encouragement? Give it, say it. Have some Freedom? Empower someone else. Want to see more Peace in the World? Be a peaceful kind person.
You can Give it Today! I’ll join you, too.
Peyton Conway March (December 27, 1864 -1955) was an American soldier and Army Chief of Staff. He had enormous influence in preparing America for World War I, and was highly committed to upholding freedom. Peyton March fought in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. During the Russo-Japanese War, he traveled as an American military attaché with the Japanese army, and he also worked with General MacArthur. March was promoted to brigadier general during World War I, and later to Army Chief of Staff.
March was the son of Francis Andrew March, considered the principal founder of modern comparative linguistics in Anglo-Saxon and one of the first professors to advocate and teach English in colleges and universities. Peyton March attended Lafayette College, where his father occupied the first chair of English language and comparative philology in the United States. In 1884, he was appointed to West Point and graduated in 1888. He was assigned to the 3rd Artillery. As a student, he was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Rho chapter). He married Josephine Smith Cunningham (d. 1904) in 1891. They had a son, Peyton, Jr. (b. 1896), who was killed in a plane crash in Texas during World War I. March AFB in Riverside, California was named in young March’s honor.