Acheson, Dean Gooderham
Born: Apr 11, 1893 AD
Died: 1971 AD, at 77 years of age.
1893 - He was Born on the 11th of April in Middletown, Connecticut.
1912 - He attended Groton School and Yale College for three years.
- He joined the prestigious secret society, Scroll and Key.
1915 - He became a protégé of professor at Harvard Law School for three years.
1921 - He became a clerk for two terms.
1933 - He worked at a law firm in Washington D.C. Covington & Burling, often
dealing with international legal issues before Franklin Delamo Roosevelt appointed
him Undersecretary of the United State Treasury.
1940 - Roosevelt brought him back into government as a senior official of the State
1941 - He designed the American/British/Dutch oil embargo that cut off 95% of Japanese oil
supplies and escalated the crisis with Japan.
1944 - He played a central role in the Bretton Woods Conference as the head delegate from
the State Department.
1945 - Harry S. Truman selected him as his Undersecretary of United State Department of State.
1947 - He devised the policy and wrote Truman's request to Congress for aid to Greece and Turkey.
1949 - He was appointed Secretary of State.
- He was the main designer of the military alliance North Atlantic Treaty Organization
and signed the pact for the United States.
1952 - He returned to his private law practice after the presidential campaign.
1960 - He was a leading member of a bipartisan group of establishment elders known as The
Wise Men who initially supported the Vietnam War.
1964 - He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
1968 - He turned against it at a critical meeting with President Lyndon Johnson in March.
1970 - He won the Pulitzer Prize for History for his memoirs of his tenure in the State Department.
1971 - He dies of a massive stroke at his farm in Sandy Spring, Maryland, at the age of 78.
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