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The Homer Lea
Research Organization

I will be sharing select reference materials I collected in researching the book, Homer Lea: American Soldier of Fortune (part of the Association of the U.S. Army “American Warrior” series). Please feel free to write me here if you have any questions or comments, and thanks for visiting our site!

Homer Lea: America Soldier of Fortune
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Homer Lea: American Soldier of Fortune

I have been researching Homer Lea off and on since 1979, when, as a graduate student in history at Ohio State University, I first discovered him. I went on to write my Ph.D. dissertation about him at Kansas State University in the mid-1980s, and began expanding upon that research in the late 1990s as the internet opened new vistas for researchers. Although I researched a wide variety of primary sources, only a percentage of this material was included in the book. For example, the website’s photographic section has more than 100 images, most of which could not be included in the book due to space limitations by the publisher. The website also contains a listing of newspapers precluded from inclusion in the book due to space limitations.

His Biography

Homer Lea’s career was stranger than many found in romantic fiction. Lea (1876-1912), a five-foot hunchback who suffered from debilitating health, overcame his afflictions in pursuing dreams and ambitions that few men ever achieve. Learn more about Homer Lea and his exceptional adventure by clicking below.

His Speeches

Homer Lea first gained notoriety as a military adventurer with ties to K’ang Yu-wei’s Pao Huang Hui (Protect the Emperor Association) reform society in a front page Sunday feature article, “Young Californian Is Plotting to Become Commander-in-Chief of Chinese Rebel Forces,” San Francisco Call, April 22, 1900 (see photo section).