Hugh Campbell Wallace was a
businessman and diplomat. From 1885 to 1887 he was the US Receiver of
Public Moneys in Utah, afterwards moving to Tacoma, Washington. In 1891
he married Mildred Fuller, the daughter of Chief Justice Melville W.
Fuller. Wallace maintained homes in Tacoma and Washington, DC and
acquired ownership interests in several businesses, including a
steamship line to move passengers from Seattle to Alaska during the
Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s, the Northern Pacific Railroad,
Alaska gold mines, street cars and interurban railways, and several
banks, including Seattle's National Bank of Commerce. He was a noted
orator, and was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 1892
to 1896 and a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896. In
1912 he supported Champ Clark for President and was a Delegate to the
Democratic National Convention, but maintained a friendly relationship
with Woodrow Wilson. From 1916 to 1920 Wallace again served on the
Democratic National Committee. During World War I he visited Italy,
England and France on several occasions as President Wilson's personal
envoy. In 1919 Wilson named him Ambassador to France, where he served
until 1921. Wallace took part in negotiating the Treaty of Versailles
and signed on behalf of the United States. After returning to the US he
lived in retirement in Washington, DC until his death from heart
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