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Dulles, John Foster

Born: 1888 AD
Died: 1959 AD
3.1 (62.11%) 19 votes

1888 – Born in Washington D.C. on the 25th of  February.


1918 – Woodrow Wilson appointed Dulles as legal counsel to the United States delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference where he served under his uncle, Robert Lansing, then Secretary of State.



1920 – He served as a member of the War Reparations Committee at the request of President Wilson. Dulles, a deeply religious man, attended numerous international conferences of churchmen.



1924 – He was the defense counsel in the church trial of Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick, who had been charged with heresy by opponents in the denomination, a case settled when Fosdick, a liberal Baptist, resigned his pulpit in the Presbyterian Church, which he had never joined.



1945 – Dulles participated in the San Francisco Conference and worked as adviser to Arthur H. Vandenberg and helped draft the preamble to the United Nations Charter.



1949 – Dulles served from th 7th of July, to 8th of November, when a successor, Herbert Lehman, was elected, having beaten Dulles in a special election to fill the senate vacancy.



1950 – Dulles published War or Peace, a critical analysis of the American policy of containment, which at the time was favored by many of the foreign policy elites in Washington.



1953 – He appointed Dulles as his Secretary of State. As Secretary of State, Dulles still carried out the “containment” policy of neutralizing the Taiwan Strait during the Korean War which had been established by President Truman in the Treaty of Peace with Japan of 1951.



1954 – Dulles was named Man of the Year in Time Magazine.



1953 – Served as Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.



         – He advocated support of the French in their war against the Viet Minh in Indochina and famously refused to shake the hand of Zhou Enlai at the Geneva Conference.



1959 – Died on the 24th of May.



He was brother of Allen Dulles,  CIA Director 1953-1961, Member of Warren Commission in 1964.



3.1 (62.11%) 19 votes