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 Afterword David Ingalls reached NewYork in early December 1918 after nearly fifteen months overseas and twenty-one tumultuous months since he and the rest of theYale gang traveled to New London to enlist in the navy.The voyage home proceeded more joyously than the one heading into the war zone in October 1917.And Ingalls was still two months short of his twentieth birthday. He went back to Yale, where he roomed with Harry Davison and captained the varsity hockey team. On a postwar visit to the United States, the Prince of Wales presented Ingalls with the Distinguished Flying Cross he earned for his exploits with No.213 Squadron. Like many other veteran-undergraduates, Ingalls received college credit for work performed while in the service,and he graduated with his class in the spring of 1920, entering Harvard Law School that fall. He received his discharge from the navy on March 25, 1921, and the following year married Louise Harkness, a Standard Oil heiress.The wedding party included Trubee and Harry Davison, Brewster Jennings, and Di Gates. After Ingalls’s graduation from Harvard in 1923, the couple settled in the Cleveland area and eventually raised five children: Edith, Jane, Louise ,Anna, and David Jr.The young veteran began his civilian career with the Cleveland legal firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. He continued to be strongly interested in aviation, however, and in 1925, while on the aviation committee of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, he helped develop plans for the new Cleveland airport.The following year, still in his midtwenties and just three years out of Harvard Law School, the wellconnected Ingalls entered the world of politics when he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. While there, he cosponsored the Ohio Aviation Code, a model for codes in other states. Ingalls’s frequent trips from Cleveland to Columbus in his own airplane earned him a nickname as “the flying legislator.” During this era and for decades after, he maintained a grass airstrip at his estate in HuntingValley, Ohio, and he helped  Hero of the Angry Sky develop a new airport at neighboring Chagrin Falls, dedicated in 1932. Attendees at the dedication included flight luminaries such as Buckeye native Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, and Alexander de Seversky. Ingalls’s business interests at the time included a stint as an officer of Continental Shares, Ltd., an investment trust created by financier Cyrus S. Eaton that had substantial holdings in the Midwest and was listed on the NewYork Stock Exchange. Thanks to the recommendations of friends such as Cdr. John Towers, wartime patron of the FirstYale Unit and now assistant chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, and Newton Baker, a fellow Ohioan who was mayor of Cleveland during Ingalls’s childhood and a former secretary of war, the thirty-year-old aviator became the nation’s second assistant secretary of the navy for aeronautics in March 1929, replacing EdwardWarner.1 In filling the post, the recently elected president, Herbert Hoover, had sought a man thoroughly familiar with aeronautical issues, preferably a flier who possessed administrative ability and understood the viewpoint of pilots, legislators, and navy officers alike. Ingalls fit the bill. The president and the junior cabinet member formed an immediate bond, and in an interview conducted many years later, Ingalls recalled the chief executive’s friendliness,intelligence,and great mental attainment and ability, as well as his interest in aviation. Hoover frequently invited Ingalls and his Yale Unit companion Trubee Davison, then serving as assistant secretary of war for aviation, to visit the White House for tea or to spend a weekend at the president’s rustic fishing camp at the headwaters of the Rapidan River in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains.There, the men often shared a very early breakfast. On one of these trips, Ingalls arrived at the controls of a Navy Department autogiro and proceeded to take Herbert Hoover Jr. up for an hour-long ride.2 Once installed in his new office, Ingalls began taking trips around the country to carry out his varied duties.3 His perks of office encompassed 1. Ingalls had been reelected to the Ohio legislature but resigned his seat when he went to Washington. 2. Oral History Interview, November 5, 1969, for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. Ingalls also developed a fondness for Mrs. Hoover, whom he called “a wonderful person.” 3.He took one extended trip in the fall of 1929...

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ISBN
9780821444382
Related ISBN
9780821420188
MARC Record
OCLC
826293796
Pages
350
Launched on MUSE
2013-02-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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