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William Averell Harriman

William Averell Harriman, former government official. Chairman foreign policy task force advisory council Democratic National Committee, 1974-1986; delegate Democratic National Convention, 1976.

Background

  • Harriman, William Averell was born on November 15, 1891. Son of Edward Henry and Mary (Averell) Harriman.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Yale, 1913.

    Career

    • Vice President purchase and supplies Union Pacific Railroad, 1915-1917, chairman board, 1932-1942, Merchant Shipbldg. Corporation, 1917-1925, Washington Harriman & Company, Inc., 1920-1931. Partner Brown Brothers Harriman & Company (merger), 1931-1946, limited partner, 1946-1986.

      Chairman executive committee Illinois Central Railroad Company, 1931-1942, director, 1915-1946. Administrator Division II, N.R.A., 1934, special assistant administrator, 1934, administrative officer, 1934-1935. Member business advisory council Department Commerce, 1933, chairman, 1937-1939.

      Chief materials branch production div. O.P.M., 1940-1941; special representative of President in Great Britain with rank of minister, 1941, to Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. Chairman mission, rank of ambassador, 1941.

      Appointed representative in London of Combined Shipping Adjustment Board, 1942. Appointed member London Combined Production and Resources Board, 1942. United States ambassador to Russia, 1943-1946, to Great Britain, 1946.

      Secretary of commerce, 1946-1948. United States representative in Europe under ECA of 1948, rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, 1948-1950. Special assistant to President, 1950-1951.

      American representative on committee to study Western defense plans North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1951. Director Mutual Security Agency, 1951-1953. Governor New York, 1955-1959.

      Ambassador-at-large, 1961, 65-68. Assistant secretary of state for Far Eastern affairs, 1961-1963. Under secretary of state political affairs, 1963-1965.

      Personal representative of President to conversations on Vietnam in Paris, 1968-1969.

    Works

    Membership

    Chairman foreign policy task force advisory council Democratic National Committee, 1974-1986. Delegate Democratic National Convention, 1976.

    Connections

    • Married Kitty Lanier Lawrence, September 21, 1915. Children: Mary (Mistress Shirley C. Fisk), Kathleen (Mistress Stanley G. Mortimer, Junior). Married Mistress Marie Norton Whitney, February 21, 1930 (deceased September 1970).

      Married Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward, September 27, 1971.
    • father: Edward Henry Harriman
    • mother: Mary (Averell) Harriman
    • spouses: Kitty Lanier Lawrence
    • Mistress Marie Norton Whitney
    • Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward
    • children: Mary Harriman (Mistress Shirley C. Fisk)
    • Kathleen (Mistress Stanley G. Mortimer Harriman
    • Junior) Harriman
    William Averell Harriman
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    Born November 15, 1891
    Died July 26, 1986
    (aged 94)
    • 1913
      Yale
    • 1917 - 1925
      Vice President, purchase and supplies Union Pacific R.R.
    • 1920 - 1931
      Vice President, purchase and supplies Union Pacific R.R.
    • 1934
      Administrator, Division The second
    • 1940 - 1941
      chief materials branch production division O.P.M.
    • 1941
      special representative of President, in Great Britain with rank of minister
    • 1941
      chairman, mission
    • 1941
      rank of ambassador, mission
    • 1942
      appointed representative in London of Combined Shipping Adjustment Board
    • 1942
      appointed member, London Combined Production and Resources Board
    • 1943 - 1946
      United States ambassador, to Russia
    • 1946
      United States ambassador, to Russia
    • 1946 - 1948
      secretary, of commerce
    • 1948 - 1950
      United States representative in Europe under ECA of 1948
    • 1950 - 1951
      special assistant, to President
    • 1951
      American representative on committee to study Western defense plans North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    • 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 - 1965
      under secretary, of state political affairs
    • 1968 - 1969
      personal representative of President, to conversations on Vietnam in Paris
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