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 Harold E. Talbott nacque nel marzo del 1888 a Dayton nell'Ohio e studi˛ alla Yale University dove si mise in luce anche come valente giocatore di Polo. Suo fratello Nelson fu un noto allenatore di football.

 Nel 1911 ritorn˛ alla Compagnia Edile della famiglia e nel 1925 si spos˛ con Margaret Thayer (1898-1960) che era la figlia di un sopravvissuta al disastro del Titanic che si suicid˛ nel 1960 dopo avergli dato 4 figli.

 Durante la Presidenza Eisenhower fu Segretario Generale dell'Aeronautica e si sedette spesso al tavolo da bridge del Presidente dove lo equivale per bravura.

 Morý per un'emorragia cerebrale il 2 Marzo del 1957 a Palm Beach dopo essere stato anche un noto manager ed imprenditore industriale.

Harold Elstner Talbott, Jr. was the third United States Secretary of the Air Force.

He was born in Dayton, Ohio, in March 1888 and died in 1957. He attended The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and spent two years at Yale University before returning to his father's construction company in 1911. He was a well-known polo player.

Talbott's father was a wealthy engineer who was involved in the construction of the Soo Locks on Lake Superior and had various railroad and paper milling interests. Talbott Sr. was the first mayor of Oakwood Ohio. He was also involved in the recovery of Dayton from the 1913 flood. He served as the director of the City National Bank of Dayton.
His mother was active in the Dayton anti-suffrage league, which opposed giving women the right to vote. She was also involved in the Anti-Saloon League and was a patron of the Dayton Westminster Choir.

His brother Nelson "Bud" Talbott was the coach for the Dayton Triangles professional football team, a predecessor to today's Indianapolis Colts.

His great-nephew Strobe Talbott was a deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration.
In 1925 Talbott married Margaret Thayer (1898ľ1960), who was the daughter of Marian Longstreth Morris Thayer, a survivor of the RMS Titanic Disaster, and John Thayer II, a railroad executive who perished aboard the ship. Harold and Margaret's children included Margaret Noyes, Pauline Toland, John Thayer Talbott, and H.E. Talbott III.[2] In 1960 his wife (Margaret Thayer) committed suicide by jumping from the 12th story of their Fifth Avenue apartment in New York City.

During World War II, the Runnymede Playhouse on the Talbott family estate in a residential neighborhood of Oakwood, Montgomery County, Ohio (a suburb of Dayton) hosted the Dayton Project (the part of the Manhattan Project involved in creating the neutron-generating triggers for the first atomic bombs from radioactive polonium). Charles Allen Thomas, a Delco-GM and Monsanto Company chemist who was in charge of the project, was married to Harold's sister Margaret.

During President Eisenhower was Secretary General of the Air and often sat at the table from the bridge where the President is equivalent for skill.

He died from a brain hemorrhage on March 2, 1957 in Palm Beach after he was also a well-known manager and industrial entrepreneur.

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