Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


 Profile of  W. Averell Harriman
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Brief profile :
U.S. Ambassador to Russia, 1943-1946
U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, 1946
Secretary of Commerce, 1946-1948
U.S. representative in Europe under the Economic Cooperation Act of 1948, with rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, 1948-1950
Special Assistant to the President, 1950-1951
U.S. representative on North Atlantic Treaty Organization committee to study Western defense plans, 1951
Director of the Mutual Security Agency, 1951-1953
 
 
Oral History : W. Averell Harriman
 
Online Photos: Harriman photos
 
Biographical sketch :  
1891 (November 15) Born, New York City
1913 B.A., Yale University
1915-1917 Vice President Purchasing and Supplies, Union Pacific Railroad
1917-1925 Chairman of the Board, Merchant Shipbuilding Corporation
1920-1931 Chairman of the Board, W.A. Harriman & Co., Inc.
1931-1942 Chairman of the Executive Committee, Illinois Railroad Company
1931-1946 Partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
1932-1942 Chairman of the Board, Union Pacific
1936 Founded Sun Valley Ski Resort, Idaho
1941 Chief of Lend-Lease to Britain and the Soviet Union
1943-1946 U.S. Ambassador to Russia
1946 U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain
1946-1948 Secretary of Commerce
1946-1986 Limited Partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
1948-1950 U.S. representative in Europe under the Economic Cooperation Act of 1948, with rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
1950-1951 Special Assistant to the President
1951 U.S. representative on North Atlantic Treaty Organization committee to study Western defense plans
1951-1953 Director, Mutual Security Agency
1955-1959 Governor, New York
1961 Ambassador-at-Large
1961-1963 Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs
1963 Negotiated first major arms control pact between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.
1963-1965 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
1965-1968 Ambassador-at-Large
1968-1969 Personal representative of the President to Conversations on Vietnam in Paris
1974-1986 Chairman, Foreign Policy Task Force Advisory Council, Democratic National Committee
1976 Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1986 (July 26) Died at Yorktown Heights, New York