Hunter Liggett was born March 21, 1857, in Reading, PA. Not much is known about his young life. Liggett graduated from the U.S. Military in 1879. He served in the American west, in the Spanish-American War, and in the Philippine-American conflict.
In 1914, a study done by Liggett and Capt. George Marshall showed that Lingayen Gulf would be the most likely route to invade the Philippines.
In World War I, Liggett led soldiers in the Second Battle of the Marne, and the Saint-Mihiel salient. He directed the end of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. After the war, Liggett wrote in A.E.F.: Ten Years Ago in France in 1928. He died December 30, 1935, and is buried in the San Francisco National Cemetery.