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.