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Robert Abercrombie Lovett

Robert Abercrombie Lovett, American former secretary of defense, banker. Decorated 1919 Navy Cross, Grand Cross Order Leopold II (Belgium); recipient Distinguished Service medal, 1945, Presidential Medal of Freedom, The White House 1963, Sylvanus Thayer award, United States Military Academy, 1964.


  • Lovett, Robert Abercrombie was born on September 14, 1895 in Huntsville, Texas, United States. Son of Robert Scott and Lavinia Chilton (Abercrombie) Lovett.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Yale, 1918. Master of Arts, Yale. Doctor of Laws, Yale.

      Postgraduate law, Harvard, 1920. Postgraduate business administration, Harvard, 1921. Doctor of Laws, Amherst.

      Doctor of Laws, Brown University. Doctor of Laws, Columbia University. Doctor of Laws, Harvard University.

      Doctor of Laws, Long Island University. Doctor of Laws, Princeton University. Doctor of Laws, Sam Houston State Teachers College.

      Doctor of Laws, Williams College.


    • Clerk National Bank Commerce, New York City, 1921. Partner Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, 1926—1940, 1946-1947, 49-50. Special assistant to secretary United States Department War, 1940-1941, assistant secretary for air, 1941-1945.

      Undersecretary United States Department State, 1947-1949. Deputy secretary United States Department Defense, 1950-1951, secretary, 1951-1953.

    Major achievements

    • Century Association; Yale Club; Creek Club (Locust Valley) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `description` = VALUES(`description`); Metropolitan Club (Washington) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `description` = VALUES(`description`); Links Club (New York City).


    Life member emeritus corporation Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Served as pilot, lieutenant Commander AS, United States Navy, 1917-1918. Member Century Association, Yale Club, Creek Club (Locust Valley), Metropolitan Club (Washington), Links Club (New York City).


    • Married Adele Quartley Brown, April 19, 1919 (deceased January 4, 1986). Children: Evelyn (deceased 1967), Robert Scott II (deceased 1984).
    • father: Robert Scott Lovett
    • mother: Lavinia Chilton (Abercrombie) Lovett
    • spouse: Adele Quartley Brown
    • children: Evelyn Lovett (deceased 1967)
    • Robert Scott II Lovett (deceased 1984)
    Robert Abercrombie Lovett
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    Born September 14, 1895
    Died May 7, 1986
    (aged 90)
    • 1918
    • 1920
    • 1921
    • 1921
      Clerk, National Bank Commerce
    • 1926 - 1940
      partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company
    • 1946 - 1947
      partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company
    • 1947 - 1949
      undersecretary United States Department State
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