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Name: State Council of Defense (WW I) - RG 517

Historical Note: On May 2, 1917 the State Council of Defense was created for the duration of the war. It was made up of fifteen persons appointed by the Governor in reference to their special knowledge of subject matter relating to defense. Duties included assisting and cooperating with the Council of National Defense and councils of defense in other states, recommending necessary defense legislation to the Governor and the General Assembly, and carrying out within the state defense plans mutually agreed upon between it and the Council of National Defense. It had authority to adopt its own procedures, form committees outside its membership, organize subordinate bodies for assistance in special investigations, subpoena witnesses, and require testimony. All officers, departments, institutions, and agencies of state government and all local and municipal officers were required to cooperate with the council and render requested aid and assistance (L. 1917, p. 153).

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