|51st United States Secretary of State|
January 21, 1949 – January 20, 1953
|President||Harry S. Truman|
|Preceded by||George C. Marshall|
|Succeeded by||John Foster Dulles|
|Born||Dean Gooderham Acheson
April 11, 1893
Middletown, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||October 12, 1971
Sandy Spring, Maryland, U.S.
|Resting place||Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Alice Caroline Stanley
(1917 - 1971, his death)
|Children||David Campion Acheson
Jane Acheson Brown
Mary Eleanor Acheson Bundy
|Alma mater||Yale College
Harvard Law School
|Service/branch||United States National Guard|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Early life[change | change source]
Secretary of State[change | change source]
Acheson served as the 51st United States Secretary of State under President Harry S. Truman. He served as Secretary of State from January 1949 to January 1953. He helped defend America's foreign policy during the break of the Cold War.
Acheson's most famous decision was convincing President Truman to intervene in the Korean War in June 1950. He also persuaded Truman to dispatch aid and advisors to French forces in Indochina, though in 1968 he finally counseled President Lyndon B. Johnson to negotiate for peace with North Vietnam.
Kennedy Administration[change | change source]
- Further information: John F. Kennedy
Personal life[change | change source]
Acheson and his wife Alice had three children; David, Jane, and Mary. He remained married to Alice until his death in 1971. He retired shortly after 1955.
Awards[change | change source]
Death[change | change source]
Acheson died in Sandy Spring, Maryland from a massive stroke. He was 78 years old. He was survived by his two surviving children, David and Mary. He was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C..
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Dean Acheson at Wikimedia Commons
- Work on Acheson's Role in Designing the Foreign Policy Stance of the Democratic Party after the 1952 election.
- Annotated bibliography for Dean Acheson from the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues