Connecting the Dots: Who Is Col. Edward Mandell House to The Finders?

Connecting the Dots: Who Is Col. Edward Mandell House to The Finders?

By: Mercy Hunter

In this week’s “Connecting The Dots,” we are looking closely at The Finders cult and the connections among the players involved. When I began this research, I had no idea how many rabbit holes it would take me down. There seems to be no end in sight. Please see my prior pieces on The Finders here and here.

Who Is Connected To Marion Petty (Pettie)? The “Game Caller” Of the Finders Cult 

Who Is Col. Edward Mandell House? 

He was mentor of Charles E Marsh, who in turn mentored Marion Pettie.

Col. Edward Mandell House


“In 1913, Colonel Edward Mandell House helped to choose charter members of the original Federal Reserve Board.”

Edward M. House (originally Huis, became House), served as an advisor to President Woodrow Wilson. Mr. House specialized in foreign affairs & became very active in Texas politics. 

Mr. House, during negotiations for peace (1917-1919), was Wilson’s chief negotiator & chief deputy for him at the Paris Peace Conference. Interestingly, Edward & his father had friends in the Ku Klux Klan. Edward, because of his money & influence, became the new master of the Texas Rangers, whose members were mostly Klansmen. 

Some of the things Mr. House was able to do because of his wealth, influence and ties to the JP Morgan Banking family were: 

1. He effectively made four men Governors of Texas (James Hogg 1892, Charles Culberson 1894, Joseph Sayers 1898, and SWT Lanham 1902. 

“Edward wanted to control more than Texas. Edward sought to control the country. Edward would do so by becoming a kingmaker instead of a king. Edward knew that if he could control two or three men in the Senate, two or three men in the House, and the President, he could control the country.”

2. Helped establish the secret society-the Council on Foreign Relations in 1919 

3. Was instrumental in getting Woodrow Wilson elected as President of the US beginning in 1912 

4. Mr. House was a member of the Cecil Rhodes Round Table group. The Four Projects of the Round Table Group: a graduated income tax, a central bank, creation of a Central Intelligence Agency, creation of the League of Nations (precursor of the United Nations).

“Between 1901 and 1913, the House of Morgan and the House of Rockefeller formed close alliances with the Dukes and the Mellons. This group consolidated their power and came to dominate other Wall Street powers including: Carnegie, Whitney, Vanderbilt, Brown-Harriman, and Dillon-Reed.”

5. Mr. House played a major role in wartime diplomacy during President Wilson’s tenure as President. House assembled “The Inquiry”, a team of experts to devise postwar solutions to all the world’s problems. 

6. In 1918, Mr. House had the responsibility for preparing a constitution for the League of Nations. 

7. Mr. House was also charged with working out the details of an armistice with US Allies to end World War I. 

8. He helped draft the Treaty of Versailles & the Covenant of the League of Nations. 

9. He served on the League of Nations Commission on Mandates (with Lord Milner and Lord Robert Cecil of Great Britain; Henri Simon of France, Viscount Chinda of Japan, Guglielmo Marconi of Italy and George Louis Beer). 

10. In 1919, House also took his place on the Council of Ten.

While researching, I came across this article below, a bio about Col. Edward M. House, from the Learning Library of the CIA. Excerpts below from: 

Intelligence in Public Media 

Colonel House: A Biography of Woodrow Wilson’s Silent Partner Reviewed by Mark Benbow 

“Edward House found a role as a political kingmaker in the Texas Democratic Party. By the beginning of the 20th century, the support of his political faction, known as “Our Crowd,” was crucial for any would-be Texas Democratic politician to cultivate. House polished his skills at exerting influence not through political office, but by being a useful adviser, an indispensable man to those in elected office. Often in poor health, House decided early on that his place in life was to help other men achieve power and to influence policy through them.” 

“The Texas kingmaker was looking for a progressive leader for the national Democratic Party that he could follow.”

“House met Wilson in November 1911. The would-be adviser and the would-be president bonded from the start and House began to play a small role in Wilson’s 1912 campaign. Wilson found his new aide’s advice useful, and House was able to help place several members of “Our Crowd” in Wilson’s cabinet. He also helped Wilson choose other members of his new administration. House refused any formal appointments, but became Wilson’s most important confidant and befriended First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson as well.”

Of President Wilson’s diplomatic team, Mr. House became the most important player. After the death of his first wife, President Woodrow Wilson would lean more heavily on the advice of Mr. House.

Mr. House’s role in the Versailles Peace Conference of 1919, was big.

“He accompanied Wilson to Paris for the talks, supplanting Secretary of State Robert Lansing as the president’s most important foreign policy advisor. House set up The Inquiry, a group of over 100 academics and other experts who gathered information and wrote briefings for Wilson to help plan the peace for the end of the war. It was, in effect, a temporary intelligence agency, a precursor in many ways to the CIA’s own Directorate of Intelligence.”

This phrase is important:  “Mr. House set up the Inquiry.”  In truth, it was the first form of an intelligence agency.

What is The Inquiry? “The group, composed of around 150 academics, was directed by presidential adviser Edward House and supervised directly by philosopher Sidney Mezes. The Heads of Research were Walter Lippmann and his successor Isaiah Bowman.”

“The purpose of the Inquiry was The Inquiry provided various recommendations for the countries which it surveyed. Specifically, these recommendations discussed the ideal borders for various countries as well as various other things which were felt necessary to achieve a lasting peace free of tensions.”

Group Photo of Members of the Inquiry,1919

I find it very interesting that the main purpose of the Inquiry was to discuss “recommendations of ideal borders for various countries.”

The creation of The Inquiry was in 1917. I suggest that everyone read the article in full as to what The Inquiry was since there is way too much info to add here, but worth the read.

Needless to say, the “legacy” of The Inquiry group, led to the establishment of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). (That is a totally different rabbit hole all by itself.)

According to the Wikipedia page on The Treaty of Versailles:

“When Wilson left the conference to return to the United States, he left Mr. House to take his place among the Council of Ten to negotiate as the American representative.”

“On 8 January 1918, President Woodrow Wilson issued the nation’s postwar goals, the Fourteen Points.” The Fourteen Points is based on the research of The Inquiry, a team of about 150 advisors led by foreign-policy advisor Edward M. House, into the topics likely to arise in the expected peace conference.”

“Initially, a ‘Council of Ten’ (comprising two delegates each from Britain, France, the United States, Italy, and Japan) met officially to decide the peace terms. This council was replaced by the “Council of Five”, formed from each country’s foreign minister, to discuss minor matters. Prime Minister of France Georges Clemenceau, Prime Minister of Italy Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Lloyd George, and President of the United States Woodrow Wilson formed the “Big Four” (at one point becoming the “Big Three” following the temporally withdrawal of Vittorio Emanuele Orlando). These four men met in 145 closed sessions to make all the major decisions, which were later ratified by the entire assembly. The minor powers attended a weekly “Plenary Conference” that discussed issues in a general forum but made no decisions. These members formed over 50 commissions that made various recommendations, many of which were incorporated into the final text of the treaty.”

The ‘Big Four’

Do you see how much information one rabbit hole leads too? Mr. House was, not only mentor to Charles E. Marsh, but advisor to President Woodrow Wilson. He had to have much influence to be the “kingmaker.” Mr. House created The Inquiry, which established the “Fourteen Points”, which was conducted by Mr. House. Put another way, Mr. House created the first temporary intelligence agency, which was established by the research conducted by Mr. House. That is certainly a lot of power for one man to wield. 

Not to mention that this temporary intelligence agency led to the creation of the CFR. Coincidence? 

This is another article I came across while researching The Finders cult. I’m including what I can in this article because there are so many connections among many people, places & things documented. It really is true what is often said: truth is stranger than fiction. 

According to First World War Hidden History:

“The conclusion to First World War was not the beginning of the end but a building block towards disasters that were to come. A new Elite intended to control the peace and exert its influence through organisations which it created specifically to determine how that would be done. During the Peace Conference in Paris, Alfred Milner’s chief acolyte, Lionel Curtis, organised a joint conference of British and American ‘experts’ on foreign affairs at the Hotel Majestic. [4] The British contingent came almost exclusively from men and women identified by Professor Carroll Quigley as members of what we have termed The Secret Elite. [5] The American ‘experts’ came from banks, universities and institutions dominated by J.P. Morgan and members of the Carnegie Trust. [6] This alliance of international financial capitalism and political thinkers and manipulators began a new phase in the life of the secret cabal as they continued their drive to establish a new world order.”

Very interesting that “a new elite” wanted power. This excerpt (above) demonstrates that at the end of WW1, the United States and the United Kingdom developed a relationship, beginning at the Hotel Majestic conference, that includes members of the “secret elite.” The U.S. members of the “secret elite” were from banks, universities & institutions, dominated by JP Morgan and members of the Carnegie Trust in the form of “secret societies.”

Herbert Hoover enters the picture in 1916. Obviously, Hoover becomes friends with Edward Mandell House. Mr. House is “another Secret Elite agent, close to the Morgan banking influence.”

“Herbert Hoover could rightly claim to number among his friends, Sir Edward Grey and his acolytes in the British Foreign Office [1] and President Wilson’s special advisor, Colonel Edward Mandel House and Secretary of State Robert Lansing. The Secret Elite on both sides of the Atlantic knew that Hoover had doggedly mastered the successful implementation of Belgian Relief to the advantage of all.”

“Hoover had cultivated his friendship with the President’s Advisor, Edward Mandel House, another Secret Elite agent close to the Morgan banking influence. Furthermore, Hugh Gibson, his strongest ally in every way, had been dispatched from the American Embassy in London to the State Department in Washington. Once again his trusted right hand man was employed where Hoover wanted him; at the heart of American foreign policy.” 

Astor Hotel New York 500 Member NY “elites”

“Hoover’s connections in Washington linked him to President Wilson’s right-hand-man, Colonel Edward Mandell House and the Morgan banking empire. Strangely, while House’s semi-autobiography, The Intimate Papers of Colonel House, contains no reference to Herbert Hoover, a volume of correspondence about Hoover and his work in Belgium, sent between House and the President, can be found in Woodrow Wilson’s private papers. What was House determined to hide? Why did he want to wipe out any reference to his links with Herbert Hoover?” 

A Young Herbert Hoover

“Within the strange world of alleged coincidences which made the Lusitania’s troubled waters even murkier, a dinner party had been convened by the American Ambassador Walter Hines Page on the evening of the tragedy before the extent of the disaster was fully known. Given in honor of President Wilson’s emissary, Colonel Mandell House, the guest list included Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, The Times legendary Foreign Editor, Henry Wickham Steed, Captain Reginald Hall of Room 40, the Solicitor-General F E Smith, George Booth, the government’s chief munitions procurer, recently back from America and, at House’s request, Lord Mersey, the British Wreck Commissioner, the judge who had overseen the Titanic inquiry.”

I do not find it coincidental that on the eve of the “Lusitania’s” tragic sinking, Col. Edward Mandell House was being honored at a dinner party attended by the “secret elite.”

As the rabbit hole continues….

“Col. Edward Mandell House predicts the creation of the STRAWMAN in the United States.”

Above excerpt includes direct quotes from Mr. House during a secret meeting with President Woodrow Wilson.

Below is an excerpt from Mr. House’s diary from the book: “Woodrow Wilson’s Right Hand” 

“His diary records indicate that he knew J. P. Morgan Jr. well enough to call him “Jack,” and he dined with Henry Clay Frick in the house that became his great art museum.”

“In 1916, when Wilson ran for reelection, House played a much greater role than he had played in the campaign in 1912. He had “no official role in the campaign, yet he planned its structure; set its tone; guided its finance; chose speakers, tactics, and strategy; and, not least, handled the campaign’s greatest asset and greatest potential liability: its brilliant but temperamental candidate” (126). After campaigning on the slogan ‘He kept us out of war,’ Wilson narrowly won a closely contested election.” 

“Shortly after beginning his second term, however, Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war. We may properly attribute a substantial share of the credit (or blame) for this action to House’s subtle and persistent efforts to move the president toward it during the preceding two years. As House confided to his diary, he had worked from the start of his relationship with Wilson to influence him in a certain direction: ‘I began with him before he became President and I have never relaxed my efforts. At every turn, I have stirred his ambition to become the great liberal leader of the world.’ In Wilson, a man whose grotesquely swollen conception of his own importance had few equals, House’s teachings had encountered a highly receptive pupil.”

“Philip Dru: Administrator” is a book published secretly by Edward Mandell House in 1912. In the book, House’s hero leads the democratic western United States in a civil war against the plutocratic East.

Quote from Walter Lippmann:  “In a book review for The New York Times, Walter Lippmann wrote of Dru’s novel and its anonymous author that “if the author is really a man of affairs, this is an extraordinarily interesting book”

Ironically, or not, Mr. Walter Lippmann is also a name I have come across in my research, and yes, he’s connected too. But, that’s a rabbit hole for another day. 

The below article is from the archives of Yale about the writings of Mr. of Edward Mandell House. 

“The materials in these papers relate to a period extending from 1885 to 1938 and reflect Colonel House’s three major (and lifelong) professional interests: developments in Texas, Democratic Party politics, and foreign affairs.”

“In 1919, Wilson decided Mr. House had taken too many liberties and the two men parted ways.”

“In 1932, he supported Franklin D. Roosevelt for President, but not in an active role like he did with Woodrow Wilson.”

I’m still working on a list of names … of who is who. But you literally can’t make this stuff up!

Connecting the dots between the people involved in crimes against humanity is never ending. There is so much information, at times it is overwhelming. So many different rabbit holes lead to others.  You have to sort through a lot of info to stay on track.

Where is the next dig going? Stay Tuned to find out …

Suffice it to say, all roads lead to the C_A.

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BK Masterson
4 years ago

This dig by Mercy Hunter is a fine illustration of exactly what POTUS declared in his definitive video outlining why he was running and what he would do as President. (See here: In just under six minutes, POTUS outlined a trail which the Qanon posts have amplified with queries begging research digs. Ms. Hunter deserves applause for having done… Read more »