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Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971

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U.S. lawyer and statesman: secretary of state (1949-53) under President Truman.

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Acheson, Dean Gooderham (ăch´ĭsәn), 1893-1971, U.S. secretary of state (1949-52), b. Middletown, Conn., grad. Yale, Harvard Law School. He was (1919-21) private secretary to Louis Brandeis, became a successful lawyer, and served (1933) as undersecretary of the treasury until he resigned in disagreement with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fiscal policy. Having been assistant secretary of state (1941-45) and a key actor in the Bretton Woods Conference, then undersecretary of state (1945-47), he was appointed (Jan., 1949) secretary of state. Beginning in 1946 Acheson became convinced of the necessity of resisting and restraining the Soviet Union. Under his direction the policy of using foreign economic and military aid to contain Communist expansion, as enunciated in the Truman Doctrine, was developed, and the Marshall Plan was implemen...    Continue Reading

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