Acheson, Dean

(redirected from Dean Acheson)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Dean Acheson: Adlai Stevenson

Acheson, Dean (Gooderham)

(1893–1971) diplomat, lawyer; born in Middletown, Conn. He was educated at Groton School and Yale, and received his law degree from Harvard in 1918. He served in the navy during World War I, then as private secretary to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1919–21). After serving briefly as undersecretary of the treasury under Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933), he returned to private practice before becoming assistant secretary of state (1941–43) and a council member of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) (1943). As undersecretary of state (1945–47), he helped formulate America's Cold War "containment" policy vis-a-vis the Soviet Union and was closely involved in the creation of the Marshall Plan and the Truman Doctrine. As secretary of state (1947–53) he was instrumental in the creation of NATO, the rebuilding and rearming of Germany, formulation of atomic policy, and the non-recognition of Communist China. He advised Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and recommended withdrawal from Vietnam. His memoirs, Present at the Creation (1969), received a Pulitzer Prize (1970).
References in periodicals archive ?
The series is named for former Secretary of State Dean Acheson, who played a large role in shaping U.
Dean Acheson and Leslie Groves, in their autobiographies, make little or no mention of how or why the appointment originated, and Robert Donovan in his definitive biography of Harry Truman noted that the choice of the legendary Baruch was made to influence public opinion and gain support from senior Republican Senators.
According to Halberstam, it was Secretary of State Dean Acheson in 1950, who, seeking a way to deal with the Communist threat in Europe and elsewhere, championed increased defense spending and, indeed, surreptitiously organized the campaign to make it happen.
Remarks by the Honorable Dean Acheson," Proceedings of the American Society of International Law at the Fifty-Seventh Annual Meeting Held at Washington, D.
foreign policy that has persisted since the days of George Marshall, Dean Acheson, and John Foster Dulles.
Back in 1962, US Secretary of State Dean Acheson noted, 'Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role.
And such marginalization felt like validation for conservatives, since it demonstrated the immense, implacable power of the liberal establishment, k also left them free to give up thoughts of electoral success and to focus instead on conspiracy theories about Dean Acheson being a communist agent.
Forty years ago, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy sent former Secretary of State Dean Acheson to Europe to seek support.
Dean Acheson was one of the most striking figures to serve as American Secretary of State in the twentieth century.
But then, as Truman's Secretary of State Dean Acheson narrowly observed, "In the State Department we used to discuss how much time that mythical average American citizen put in each day listening, reading, and arguing about the world outside his country.
Convening in the Dean Acheson Auditorium, they first heard from some of the Department's veteran leaders, Director General Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Deputy Secretary William J.
Summary: Dean Acheson, secretary of state to the former United States president, Harry Truman, liked to quote a friend who said that being in government made him scared, but that being out of it made him worried.