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Henry Cabot Lodge
Henry Cabot Lodge represented Massachusetts in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate

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Henry Cabot Lodge Was Born
May 12, 1850

How involved should the U.S. be in international affairs? Political leaders have hotly debated this issue since the very beginning of this country. Back in 1919, Republican statesman Henry Cabot Lodge led a successful fight against American participation in the League of Nations, the world peacekeeping organization proposed by President Woodrow Wilson after World War I. Born on May 12, 1850, in Boston, Massachusetts, Lodge believed that membership in the organization would destroy the power of the U.S. by binding the nation to international obligations it would not--or could not--keep. He spoke dramatically:
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