General Leslie Groves
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Leslie Groves was born in Albany, New York on August 17, 1896. He attended the University of Washington for one year and then Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years before entering West Point. He was commissioned in the Engineers and took courses at the Engineer's School at Camp Humphreys in Virginia. In 1931, Groves was attached to the Office of the Chief of Engineers in Washington and was promoted to Captain in October 1934. In 1936, he graduated from the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. He was promoted to Colonel in July and November 1940 and assigned first to the Office of the Quartermaster General and then to the Office of the Chief of Engineers. In September 1942, Groves was placed in charge of the Manhattan Project, with the rank Brigadier General, and under his direction was the basic atomic bomb research. He was in charge of all phases of the project. Under his direction, project plants were established at Oak Ridge, Hanford and the secluded Los Alamos installation in New Mexico. Groves was promoted to Major General in 1944, and he continued to head the atomic establishment created during wartime until January 1947. He was then named the Chief of the Army's Special Weapons Project. Promoted to Lieutenant General (temporary) in January 1948, he retired a month later. From that time until 1961, he worked as Vice President of Sperry Rand Corporation. Groves died of heart disease on July 13, 1970, and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Grace Hulbert Wilson Groves was buried along side him when she died

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IMAGE: Dr. Oppenheimer and General Groves at ground zero
IMAGE: Dr. Oppenheimer and General Groves at ground zero

Work Cited

50 Years From Trinity. 13 Jan 1995 <>

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Lawren, William. General Leslie R. Groves. 17 Jan 2002 <>