George Cyrus Thorpe
|Born||January 7, 1875|
|Died||July 28, 1936 (aged 61)|
Bethesda Naval Hospital Bethesda, Maryland
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1898-1923|
|Unit||1917-1918, Chief of Staff, 2nd Marine Brigade|
|Relations||Amy Elizabeth Thorpe, daughter|
|Other work||Author, lawyer|
George Cyrus Thorpe (January 7, 1875 - July 28, 1936) was a United States Marine Corps officer during the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. He was an early writer on military logistics. He was one of 23 Marine Corps officers awarded the Marine Corps Brevet Medal for bravery. He was also an author and lawyer after he retired from the Marine Corps.
He married Cora Wells of Minnesota, and the marriage produced daughter Amy Elizabeth Thorpe, who became an American spy, codenamed "Cynthia", who worked for William Stephenson during World War II, director of British Security Coordination, a cover organization in New York City set up by British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in May 1940.
While serving in the Marine Corps he earned his Bachelor of Science from New York University in 1910. In 1912 he served in Cuba during U.S. intervention in the Negro Rebellion. Thorpe also graduated from the Naval War College in 1915 before serving on its staff, earned a Master of Arts from Brown University in 1916, and completed the General Staff College in 1921.
In 1922 or 1923 he was found not physically qualified for further service because several toes from both feet had been amputated. He was placed on the retired list as a Colonel.
After retiring from the Marine Corps he became a lawyer and author, writing several books on legal subjects. He had previously written on military matters.
George Thorpe died July 28, 1936 at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. His grave can be found in section 6, site 9287. He married Cora Edna Wells, on April 8, 1908, the daughter of a Minnesota senator. They had had three children; the eldest, Amy Elizabeth Thorpe, was a successful World War II spy.
her father was H. H. Wells, a Banker and Merchant in Morris, Minnesota. She was born in Morris, MN on August 5, 1899 (sic), graduated from the University of Michigan in 1903 and was a graduate student at Columbia.Wells married George Cyrus Thorpe, an officer in the Marine Corps, on April 8, 1908.
According to a biography that appeared in the April 1935 Michigan Alumnus, "she published her book on Hawaii, entitled In the Path of the Tradewinds. During the World War her talents as a speaker and organizer came to the fore and made her services valuable to the Red Cross. Since then they have found frequent opportunity in civic and political expression. She was a member, in 1932, of the Republican National Committee and Chairman of Speakers for the League of Republican Women of the District of Columbia in 1933. Her three children, she declares are the best of her 'accomplishments.' One, Betty Thorpe Pack, who is married to a diplomat in the British Embassy, was a literary prodigy at twelve. Another daughter is studying voice in Paris and her young son is a collegian at Yale."