|Birthname||Willard Dickerman Straight|
|born on||31 January 1880 at 13:40 (= 1:40 PM )|
|Place||New York, USA, 40n43, 74w00|
|Timezone||LMT m74w00 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||11°20' 04°17 Asc. 27°30'|
American journalist and diplomat, a war correspondent, member of the American Diplomatic Service, financial diplomat, business man, soldier and employee of the Chinese government. In 1901 he sailed for China in order to report on the Russo-Japanese war. At Seoul he served as the Vice-Consul and did government service in Seoul as well as Washington, Cuba and Mukden. After he completed his career in journalism and diplomacy, he went into business in China.
Straight was romantically involved with Ethel Roosevelt, daughter of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, according to the society pages of the times, but they broke up.
In 1911, after five years of courtship, Straight married Dorothy Payne Whitney (1887–1968), a member of the prominent Whitney family, in Geneva, Switzerland. They had three children.
Straight died on 1 December 1918 in Paris. The cause was pneumonia as a complication of the Spanish flu.
- Work : Begin Major Project 1901 (Relocated to China)
LMR quotes Willard Straight by Herbert Croly (Macmillan, 1924), page 1: "He was born at 1:40 p. m. on Saturday, January 31st, 1880, and starting almost from his birthday there runs parallel to his life a record of its progress."
(PC gives same data but for Oswego, NY)
- Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
- Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
- Vocation : Business : Business owner (In China)
- Vocation : Military : Military service
- Vocation : Politics : Diplomat (American Diplomatic Service, financial diplomat)
- Vocation : Politics : Government employee (Government services in four countries)
- Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (War correspondent)