Dean Gooderham Acheson, 1893 - 1971

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Meeting of Lyndon Johnson's foreign affairs consultants. Photo by Yoichi R. Okamoto (8

Born: 11 April 1893, Middletown, Connecticut
Died: 12 October 1971, Sandy Spring, Maryland

He was educated at Harvard, then went on to Yale Law School, and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. He served as Undersecretary of the Treasury under Roosevelt early in his term, and as Assistant Secretary of State during World War II. Truman named him Undersecretary of State in 1945 and Secretary of State in 1949. He was instrumental in the Bretton Woods Conference, which created most of the post-war economic structure, developed the Truman Doctrine of containment of Communism, and designed the Marshall Plan. He returned to private law practice after the 1952 election, but was a close advisor to presidents Kennedy, Johnson and even his old nemesis Nixon.

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