Edward Lawrence Logan

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Edward Lawrence Logan
Logan, c. 1916
Personal details
Born(1875-01-20)January 20, 1875
South Boston
DiedJuly 6, 1939(1939-07-06) (aged 64)
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
Years of service1897–1919
RankMajor General

Edward Lawrence Logan (January 20, 1875 – July 6, 1939) was an American lawyer, judge, military officer, and politician from Boston, Massachusetts. While still a student, Logan enlisted in the Massachusetts 9th infantry during the Spanish–American War. Upon returning to Boston, he ran successfully for a seat on the Boston City Council in 1899, and subsequently won election to the Massachusetts state legislature as both a representative, and later as a state senator. Rising to the rank of major general following the First World War, he was given command of the 26th Infantry Division of the United States Army. Logan was instrumental in the post–World War I reorganization of that unit, as well as the Massachusetts National Guard. He would go on to serve as head of the American Legion's Massachusetts division.

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, an international airport located in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, is named after him.


Early years[edit]

Edward Lawrence Logan was born January 20, 1875 in South Boston, Massachusetts, to Lawrence J. Logan and his wife, Catherine M. O'Connor Logan, a military family.[1]

He attended Boston Latin School before enrolling at Harvard College.[1]

Political career[edit]

Logan's portrait as a state representative, during his time on the Committee on Metropolitan Affairs, 1902

In 1897, still in school, Logan enlisted in the 9th Infantry Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia as a sergeant major, serving in that unit for the duration of the Spanish–American War.[1] He returned in the fall of 1898 and enrolled at Harvard Law School, and while still a student there was elected one of 75 members of the Boston Common Council, on which he served from 1899 to 1900.[1]

Upon his graduation in 1900, Logan ran for election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, winning a seat on that body and serving from 1901 to 1902.[1] He retired from office at the end of his term and entered into legal practice in Boston, where he would remain for more than a decade.[1]

Logan remained politically inclined and in November 1905 he was elected as a Democratic State Senator, representing a district in South Boston.[1] He served in the State Senate during 1906, while unsuccessfully running in the Democratic primary election for United States Congress in the fall of that same year.[1]

The following year, 1907, Logan was tapped as an associate justice of the Municipal Court for the South Boston District by Republican Governor Curtis Guild Jr.[1]

Military career[edit]

Colonel Logan (second from left) and staff, on the way to the Western front, March 1918

Although Logan withdrew from the Massachusetts state militia in 1899, he rejoined in 1901, appointed to the rank of 2nd lieutenant in the 9th Infantry Regiment.[1] He served throughout the decade in that unit and won several promotions, ending in the rank of captain.[1] In February 1911 he was promoted to major and in May 1912 to colonel of the Massachusetts 9th Regiment.[1]

In March 1917, Logan's unit was mobilized to guard installations in anticipation of the US declaration of war on Germany. After several months of guard duty, the 9th was redesignated as the 101st Infantry Regiment and assigned to the 26th Infantry Division, organized from the National Guards of the New England states. Logan accompanied his troops to France in command of the 101st.

In April 1919, the regiment was relieved of active duty, and Logan oversaw its reorganization into the Massachusetts National Guard. In January 1921 Logan was promoted to brigadier general and took command of the 1st Infantry Brigade. In March 1923 he was promoted to major general and given command of the 26th Division. As its first post-war commander, General Logan was responsible for reorganizing and training the division as a completely Massachusetts unit.

Post-war life[edit]

Throughout the remainder of his life, Logan achieved prominence as an advocate for veterans as the state commander of the American Legion and president of the National Guard Association of the United States. He retired from the Guard in 1938.

Death and legacy[edit]

Edward Lawrence Logan died in Boston on July 6, 1939. He was 64 years old at the time of his death.

In 1943, Boston Airport/Jeffery Field was renamed General Edward Lawrence Logan Airport in Logan's honor. Although Logan was not an aviator, he did lobby intensely for veteran benefits to include the high-risk group of pilots.

A statue of General Logan by Joseph Coletti was unveiled at the airport entrance in a public ceremony in 1956. It has been moved several times to accommodate the airport's growth.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Edward Lawrence Logan, "Edward Lawrence Logan", in Harvard College Class of 1898 Quindecennial Report. n.c.: n.p., June 1913; pp. 200–201.

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